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Friday, March 7,2014

Should you reallocate bases and update your program yields?

by WLJ
“It is very simple: A higher yield results in a larger payment,” Aakre says. “It doesn’t change the probability of receiving a payment, but it increases the payment if the national average price falls below the reference price, triggering a PLC payment.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Walmart and USMEF: a winning partnership in Central America

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The largest collaboration between Walmart and U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) in Central America to date recently concluded in four countries in the region. Walmart in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua worked with USMEF on a six-week “Ten New U.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Beef market winter challenges continue

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Another blast of severe winter weather moved across the U.S. at the beginning of March, causing problems for cattle producers and impacting beef distribution and consumption. Cattle and beef markets continue to exhibit volatility in the face of supply and demand disruptions.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Farm bill authorizes new crop insurance

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“There has been some misunderstanding that the SCO policies would be available this year,” he adds. “This may have led to some delay on the part of producers in making their insurance decisions this year. Producers can put SCO out of their mind for 2014.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Understanding calf scours for cow/calf producers

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The Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Beef Teams wants all cow/ calf producers to experience a productive calving season with healthy animals. You should take note of several key management criteria below to help reduce the risk of calf scours and develop your own management plan.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Don't buy calf scours!

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South Dakota State University researchers examined the cause of a scours epidemic in one spring calving herd back in 2000. Results of the retrospective, record-based investigation suggested that introduction of foster calves was associated with the calf scours outbreak.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Producers have options when rebuilding the herd

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The answer: It depends, says one expert. Dr. Stephen Hammack, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Stephenville, walked through the different metrics of buying replacement cattle at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference in Waco.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Livestock Risk Protection for calves

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Regardless of the cold, spring calving has started. While it is at the early stages, it is not too early to think about price protection for those calves. The high cash and futures prices have people talking about the value of calves to be sold this fall.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Respect the value of managing genetics

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Elliott identified three key components to managing beef genetics: genetic management; organization design; and market differentiation mechanisms. The main area discussed was genetic management, what it means and how producers can use it to increase their profitability.

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Friday, March 7,2014

It's not too late to get heifers to target weight by breeding

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“There has been much talk over the years about the proper weight for beef heifers at first breeding, with estimates ranging from about 55-65 percent of mature body weight as the target goal,” Grings said. “To be able to hit that target, a cattle producer needs to know the average weight of their mature cows.

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