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plementing biosecurity procedures can feel like a daunting task on cattle farms, but breaking the process down into more manageable steps can achieve your goals. You can always add more steps later. “A successful biosecurity plan is really about doing...
Total economic returns in 2023 for Illinois beef feeding enterprises exceeded total costs by $2.04 per 100 pounds of beef produced in preliminary findings for farms enrolled in Illinois Farm Business Farm Management. The 2023 returns were lower than...
USDA released the June Cattle on Feed Report last Friday afternoon. This monthly report estimates the number of cattle on feed in US feedlots with one-time capacity exceeding 1,000 head. Monthly cattle on feed reports account for more than...
With cattle prices at record highs and favorable feed prices, producers are likely considering creep feeding their beef calves to add additional pounds. Creep feeding provides supplemental feed to nursing beef calves in an area that the cows can’t access....
Conventional wisdom says that nobody is expanding cattle herds. Usually, that means there is not enough expansion in aggregate to see any difference. Local or individual situations can differ, and contraction or expansion is normal to observe. For example,...
Introduction With beef cattle herds at the lowest levels we have seen in recent history, female longevity enters the conversations of beef producers across the nation. Female longevity relies on a multitude of factors including (but not limited to) genetics,...
May heralds the beginning of grilling season in the U.S. The focus of beef and cattle markets turning to whether and how much of a kick beef prices might see thanks to this seasonal boost in demand. I do not...
Cull cow values are trending higher in 2024. The first graph immediately below shows weekly cull cow prices for 85-90% lean cows in the Southern Plains. This type of cull cow classification correlates to a cow with approximately a...
Source: Beef Cattle Research Council, lwww.BeefResearch.ca As humankind evolved from a nomadic hunter-gatherer society into agricultural-based settlement populations, there is a reason domesticated bovine played a major role as a farmed species. Cattle are hardy and resilient, defending themselves against...
Feed additives are added to beef cattle diets with goals such as improving health and performance or reducing antibiotic use and greenhouse gas emissions. There are medicated feed additives, including antimicrobials, anti-coccidials, and antiparasitics, with many requiring a Veterinary...
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