Livestock: Is Beef Herd Expansion Near Its End?

🕔Jul 23, 2019Looking back a decade or so, the high feed price era from 2007 to 2013 caused downsizing of the beef industry. Beef cow numbers reached a low in 2014 which […]

Livestock: Corn Prices Higher – What About Feed Cost?

🕔Jul 8, 2019As farms continue to consolidate it becomes increasingly important to assess a farm’s management skills.  At a certain farm size, it is no longer easy or feasible for the manager […]

Livestock: Feeding Cost of Gain and Cattle Finishing Net Returns

🕔Mar 8, 2019A recent farmdoc daily article examined the prospects for cattle finishing net returns in 2019.  This article elaborates on the factors impacting feeding cost of gain and cattle finishing net returns.  After […]

Livestock: Has Cattle Herd Expansion Ground to a Halt?

🕔Feb 4, 2019Normally, at this time of year, the Cattle industry focuses on information contained in the USDA’s January 1 estimates of the U.S. cattle herd. The inventory report provides a wealth […]

Texas Cattle: Continued Drought Could Lead to Herd Culling

🕔Jul 9, 2018Beef producers should be making plans regarding their herds in case drought conditions continue, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, […]

Livestock: Weaning Tips, Nutrition and Disease Prevention are Key – DTN

🕔Oct 10, 2017Weaning is a high stress time for calves as well as producers. If not handled correctly, it can lead to increased illness, reduced gains and additional costs. There are several […]

Livestock: Increase in U.S. Calf Crop Points Towards Larger Beef Supplies

🕔Jul 24, 2017USDA provided several key updates last week when it released the July Cattle inventory report along with its monthly Cattle on Feed report. The mid-year cattle inventory report provided the […]

Livestock: Grass Fungus Could Cause $1B in Annual Production Losses

🕔Jan 31, 2017Tall fescue is a popular grass used for grazing, hay and erosion control in the eastern United States, but one Clemson University expert believes this grass could be responsible for […]

Texas Livestock: Cow Herd Expansion to Keep Market Prices Lower

🕔Dec 27, 2016Cattle inventory across the U.S. will continue to expand and that will likely keep prices in moderation through 2017, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Jason […]

Illinois Beef Producers: Cost and Returns, 2014-2015

🕔Dec 16, 2016Total economic costs in 2015 for Illinois beef feeding enterprises exceeded total returns by $45.29 per 100 pounds of beef produced on farms enrolled in Illinois Farm Business Farm Management. […]

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