Sep 1, 2015

3 tips for being a better pasture manager

Find out how a variety of vegetation in your pastures can help extend the grazing season and how to get the most out of your available grasses, forbs and seeds....More
Aug 27, 2015

When China growls, everyone gets heartburn 4

The global marketplace is in the jitters. The cattle futures market, taking its lead from other jittery markets, has been in a free-fall the past two weeks....More
Aug 26, 2015

New book captures 100 years of combines

If you have a love for tractors, you’ll love “Red Combines 1915-2015,” a 6-pound book capturing the evolution of combines over the last century. Today’s blog reviews the book, plus looks back on eight previous blog posts with book recommendations from BEEF editors....More
Aug 20, 2015

Move over, Al Gore. Here comes Obama

President Obama is already planning for his post-president retirement years. So, while the beef business as a whole has been looking forward to a post-Obama political situation, don’t expect him to simply fade away into retirement....More
Aug 20, 2015

Is tradition holding your ranching operation back?

Most traditions are valid and useful. But don’t be afraid to cull those that aren’t....More
Aug 3, 2015

What you need to know about the final VFD rule

How you will be able to obtain antibiotics for use in feed and water for food animals is changing. Here's what you need to know about the new VFD guidelines....More
Aug 10, 2015

Burke Teichert: Are you a low-input, high-management rancher? 7

The right cattle with low input costs will always be more profitable. How are you combining high management with low inputs to match your cow herd with your environment?...More
Aug 10, 2015

Did EPA engage in illegal activities to push WOTUS? Beef Roundtable investigates 1

This month’s web-based video podcasts, now available at beefmagazine.com and beefroundtable.com, features a look at the controversy surrounding the Waters of the U.S. rule with Steve Foglesong, past NCBA president, and Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation....More

Do you have a nearby auction market?

A recent study by Texas A&M University found that a combination of factors has led to a significant drop in the number of auction markets in the state. Texas had 167 auction markets in 1969; only 92 were left in the state by 2013. The study indicates that the decline can be attributed to a number of factors, such as a drop in total cattle numbers because of drought and high feed prices, and the fact that producers are using other means to market their cattle.

BEEF editors are curious if that trend is true in your area. Have you seen a decline in the number of auction markets and has that affected how far you have to travel to market cattle? Please leave your thoughts on the decline of auction markets in the comments section below.

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