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Cattle and hog margins positive Profit Tracker: Huge Packer Margins

Cattle feeders saw modest profits for the 10th consecutive week, a headline-worthy observation in normal times. The beef complex is not operating in normal times.

2 hours ago

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Cow and calf on corn stalks
Cow Fertility, Pregnancy Rate Key Economic Traits

Selling more calves as it relates to cows exposed and cow input costs is a greater indication of business success than any other production parameter.

7 min ago
Grain feeding cows
Texas Cattlemen Face Decisions As Drought Intensifies

Drought conditions and a drier-than-normal winter puts Texas cattle producers in a common dilemma – try to preserve herd size with supplemental feed or cull to stretch limited forage resources for cows and calves.

17 min ago
Cattle and hog margins positive
Profit Tracker: Huge Packer Margins

Cattle feeders saw modest profits for the 10th consecutive week, a headline-worthy observation in normal times. The beef complex is not operating in normal times.

38 min ago
African swine fever virus infects a macrophage.
USDA Awards $14.4 Million in Farm Bill Funding to Protect Animal Health

From increasing practical livestock biosecurity measures to advancing rapid depopulation and disposal abilities during animal disease outbreaks, Farm Bill funding will support endeavors to protect animal health.

2 hours ago
Universities Partner to Study Antimicrobial Use in Food Animal Production

Kansas State University & University of Minnesota researchers collaborate with the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine and food animal industries to evaluate systems for collecting and evaluating antimicrobial use data.

8 min ago
Virtual Format Announced for the 2021 Driftless Region Beef Conference

Webinars each evening will feature topics ranging from Greenhouse Gasses and sustainability in beef production, advice for surviving tough times and antibiotic resistance to a 2021 market outlook.

6 min ago

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Cow and calf on corn stalks
Cow Fertility, Pregnancy Rate Key Economic Traits

Selling more calves as it relates to cows exposed and cow input costs is a greater indication of business success than any other production parameter.

7 min ago
Now is the time to make plans for the 2021 grazing season.
Now is Time to Plan for 2021 Grazing Season

Pastures stressed by drought and/or overgrazing this fall more than likely will experience a delay in grazing readiness in 2021, irrelevant of the amount of snow received this winter and rainfall received next spring.

3 weeks ago
Backgrounding calves
Rising Feed Prices Affect Backgrounding Decisions

As feed prices rise, calf prices tend to trend lower, and ranchers may consider backgrounding calves for a period of time to help get calves through weaning stress and develop immunity through administered vaccines.

4 weeks ago
The concept of herd immunity is a companion concept to individual immunity.
Herd Immunity An Important Concept For Humans, Animals

The goal of herd immunity is the reduction of infection or disease in a population’s susceptible segment.

2 months ago