Cattle Reputation’s Influence on Value

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently forwarded information gathered by a recent survey conducted by CattleFax regarding the benefits received from incorporating BQA objectives. Ethan Oberst reported these findings in his article, “Reputation Cattle Bring More” in the Mid-March 2018 issue of CattleFax. As Oberst states, “…a solid reputation for the animals that an operation […]

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Marketing… don’t forget your cull cows

Fall is that time of year when cow calf producers are gathering in the calf crops, weaning, vaccinating, and pregnancy checking cows.  It should also be a time when marketing strategies and plans are determined.   This means taking some thoughtful time and looking at the options that are available and making a decisions based on […]

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Fall Feeder Cattle Market Prospects

– Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Changes in feeder cattle prices recently have potential impacts for cow-calf and stocker producers this fall. Through July and August, prices for heavy feeder cattle have increased relative to lighter weight feeder cattle. Several factors appear to be impacting feeder cattle price relationships. The August USDA Cattle […]

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Final Weights and Finishing Holstein Steers

Finish weights on Holstein steers have been increasing for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons are: increasing size of Holstein cows management and rations used to feed the steers feed costs compared to sale prices of the cattle and others It is possible to feed out Holsteins to weights that are too big […]

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Considerations for Delayed Calving to Fall for Open Cows

Written by Ryan Sterry, UW Extension Ag Agent, St. Croix Co., and recently appeared in the Wisconsin Agriculturist Much of the focus for beef cattle reproduction programs is on breeding cows in a timely fashion and narrowing the range of the calving window.  There’s no getting around the fact that excessive days open, and open […]

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Pre-Conditioning Records Help Promote Your Calves

Are you promoting your feeder calves the best that you can? Are you implementing a pre-conditioning program on your calves?  If so, are you making sure that potential buyers know what you have invested your time and resources into making sure these calves are ready to transition smoothly to the next phase of beef production? […]

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What is Your Marketing Plan

What is your marketing plan? How do you market your calf crop? This question can apply to beef cow-calf operations as well as those who grow Holstein steers for various lengths of time. How much planning and thought do you put into determining a marketing plan for your calves?  Doing the same thing every year […]

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Why all cattle feeders should understand grid marketing

When cattle feeders at the 2011 and 2012 Cattle Feeders were asked where the majority of their finished cattle were marketed, over 50% of the producers answered at an auction facility. This is in contrast to the Great Plains which indicated that in 2001 over 45% of cattle were marketed on a grid (i.e. grade and yield). Some reasons why Wisconsin may differ than the Great Plain include smaller feedlot size (average number of head for a Wisconsin feedlot is 29) and easy access to auction facilities with fed cattle sales. However, even when marketing cattle through an auction facility, feeders should understand finished cattle are being evaluated by buyers based on a grid pricing.

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United States Cattle Inventory and Situation

By Brenda Boetel, UW Extension Livestock Economist

On January 27, 2012, the USDA/NASS released the semi-annual Cattle report. Most information in the report was expected. Record setting drought in the Southern U.S. caused beef cow herd liquidation, fewer calves on cereal grain pasture, and more cattle in feedlots. However, record high feeder cattle prices stimulated interest in beef heifers, with replacements increasing enough in areas with good moisture conditions to cause a slight increase for the U.S.

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