Larkspurs are toxic to cattle, but a group of researchers is looking to genetically select animals that can readily digest the poisonous plant.
The pain eased somewhat for cattle feeders last week, but losses remain more than $170 per head.
Cattle futures extended a rally to an all-time high for the third straight session on the outlook for tightening supplies of beef and rising demand.
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.8 million head on Oct. 1, 2010.
April placements up 11.0 pct vs year ago, while May 1 feedlot cattle at 102.0 pct of year ago.
Meaningful change isn’t accomplished overnight. More often, it happens slowly by chipping away piece by piece until something new suddenly takes shape.
By the numbers, cattle producers with summer stockers and cow-calf operations should be experiencing a bit less stress about the market this year.
The 2017 Census of Agriculture was released April 11. While the lag between collecting and reporting the information seems like a long time, the breadth and depth of information is substantial.