Cattlemen are experiencing a wide range of emotions at the current time. The level of excitement is obvious as cattle and beef prices have pushed beyond record levels, says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing economist at Oklahoma State University.
Cattle prices are at values unimaginable just a few years ago. Higher cost of production and reduced herd sizes notwithstanding, many cow-calf producers will experience record returns in 2014.
Coupled with the excitement, however, is a certain level of disbelief of current price levels. Coupled with disbelief is a growing level of skepticism, especially regarding beef demand, reports FarmTalk. Click here for more on Peel’s take on the current market.
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That’s because the 2013 edition of "Rural Broadband at a Glance" from USDA shows that rural households are still less likely to subscribe to the Internet than are urban households. By 2010, in fact, 62% of U. S. rural households and farms had home subscriptions to the Internet, compared with 73% of urban households. You can read the report here.
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It’s time for cow-calf producers to start thinking about weaning their spring calf crop and how best to manage and market older, unproductive and open cull cows. To help provide producers options for managing and marketing cull cows, researchers at the Noble Foundation and Oklahoma State University conducted a study that evaluated the economics of two alternative management and marketing systems for retaining open beef cows, according to the Oklahoma Farm Report. Click here to see what worked best.
It’s only natural as the season shifts to summer to focus on the immediate tasks at hand such as harvesting feed, monitoring the cattle on pasture, and beginning to prepare for weaning calves this fall. However, summer is a great opportunity to take one more look at the calving records as a way to measure and improve herd management, says Warren Rusche, beef cattle specialist with South Dakota State University. Click here for more.
North Dakota State Veterinarian Susan Keller is urging ranchers to make sure their livestock are vaccinated against anthrax, after the first confirmed case of the year in a Barnes County beef cow, reports the Crookston (ND) Times.
Anthrax bacteria spores lie dormant in the soil and become active under extreme weather conditions such as drought or flooding, which some parts of the state have experienced after recent heavy rains.
"With the precipitation we have had, conditions are right for the disease to occur," Keller said.
Click here for more on the ND anthrax case.
Nebraska’s Congressional delegation wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack recently, urging him to correct the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) method for calculating livestock disaster payments in light of the devastating tornadoes in Pilger and surrounding areas last month, according to Feedstuffs.
Producers who lost livestock during the June tornadoes discovered USDA is using outdated data when calculating reimbursement, resulting in reduced payments of up to $330 per head. The letter urges FSA to use current market values, which more accurately reflects the intent of the 2014 farm bill.
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Take a break from your stressful day and enjoy a few laughs on us! Leigh Rubin is a beef contributor who adds a little humor to the life of cow with these 55 unique cartoons.
Enjoy the Rubes cartoons here.
It’s July and that means summer is fully upon us. But the weather and the market have made the summer of 2014 a remarkable and interesting time. Here is a roundup of headlines to inform and entertain you.
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