Here are some observations from putting together year-end cattle prices and basis levels. The cash markets below refer to South Dakota, but many patterns would hold for neighboring states. Monthly live cattle prices are
There is no shortage of doom and gloom about grain price prospects at the present time. Prices have indeed fallen to quite low levels compared to the high prices that occurred over much of 2008-2013. For some, this is p
The 2016 Feedlot Nutritionist Boot Camp was not a particularly large event: its attendees consisted of about thirty Masters and Ph.D students, all of whom fit in a small hotel conference room in Amarillo, Texas.
One of the most important things a person in the cattle industry can do is sit down at the end of a long day and say to themselves, "Yeah, I made a difference, today." What that difference is can be many things; a posit
When it comes to first-cut alfalfa, it’s best to start with the end in mind – know what quality and yield are needed for your dairy or beef cows. Higher-quality alfalfa silage can increase your relative feed value. For dairy and beef producers, this can help improve animal performance while maintaining profitability.
A few weeks ago, Dr. Oz - he is a real doctor and he plays one on TV - decided to hammer traditionally produced beef. Casting about, he discovered Will Harris, a staunch proponent of grass-fed beef. Harris i