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An innovative university program encourages students to take a chance on themselves and build businesses that matter.
Manage bull costs with these producer tips
Here’s how some producers stretch their breeding dollars.
Seedstock 100 operaters speak out on beef industry
Progressive commercial producers are likely to continue investing in top genetics that fit their specific needs, carving a wider gap of opportunity through the downturn
Seedstock 100: Think you are just buying bulls? Think again...
Cow-calf producers don’t buy bulls as much as they buy calf crops. Consider your genetic expectations accordingly.
Seedstock 100: Consolidation set to continue
Bigger operations selling more bulls is the likely future model for the seedstock sector of the beef business.
Seedstock 100: Balance tops bull buyers' list
Commercial cow-calf producers want a balanced bull that will produce balanced females. Here’s how seedstock producers are responding.
Seedstock 100: Improving efficiency is lynchpin to success
Genetics are the linchpin of management and marketing possibility.
COOL tariffs could cost beef big
“We expect the tariffs Mexico and Canada would put on our products would be at a level that would basically stop the trade of beef between our countries,” explained Colin Woodall.
Cattle prices dredge lower
“Feeder cattle are caught in a bottleneck of lower fed cattle prices, sharply lower cattle futures and record supply of competing meats as the entire livestock complex continues to struggle with these issues,” AMS analysts explain.
Cattle feeders are enduring record losses 1
This year is the worst ever in terms of cattle feeder profitability, according to the Livestock Marketing Information Center.
Heavyweight cattle persist but show glimmers of improvement
Although year-to-year feedlot placements continue to be less, placements of cattle weighing more than 800 pounds continue to increase.
Calf and yearling prices move higher
Cattle prices were mostly higher during the holiday-shortened week. According to the Agricultural Marketing Service, a light test of calves sold mostly steady to $10 per cwt higher at major auctions, while a light test of yearlings sold steady to $4 higher. Direct trade was firm to $3 higher.
Cyclical trend will push prices lower
"Purchasing and selling decisions need to be made in a timely manner and without emotion. Volatility in the cattle markets is not likely to decrease and the long-term outlook is bearish; however, given good cattle marketing and price risk management, profitability is achievable.”
Cattle prices barrel lower
Compared to two weeks earlier, Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $16.62 lower across the board on Friday. Live Cattle futures were an average of $9.39 lower compared with two weeks earlier.
Genomics 101: How to implement genomics in your cowherd
Understanding the science behind genomics is less important than knowing how clients can use the technology most effectively.

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