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  • Jan 31, 2013
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    The Bulls Have The Bears On The Run 1

    The announcement that Japan will drop its 20-month age requirement on Feb. 1 and begin accepting cattle that are 30 months of age or less removes a major obstacle to exporting product to what used to be our number-one customer (and still our second largest market). The U.S. Meat Export Federation estimates this will equate to an increase of around $20/head for every fed animal in the U.S....More
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    Jan 23, 2013
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    Why Are Beef Producers So Afraid To Cull Cows? 1

    In my last three articles, I’ve discussed managing toward a 30-day calving season, developing and selecting replacement heifers, and culling cows and selecting bulls. If you were to review those articles, you would find some repetition and some interconnection of ideas. The question posed by this article’s headline relates to that inter-connectedness and ideas presented in earlier articles....More
  • ground beef safety
    Jan 2, 2013
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    Canada Offers U.S. Consumer Lessons

    A study conducted by the Canadian Food Safety Alliance in early December indicates that half of respondents believe E.coli incidents have been increasing over the last five years. Even more concerning is that 42% of Canadians say they've decreased their consumption of beef as a result....More
  • Nov 26, 2012
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    Drought Economics – Part II 1

    Last month, I summarized my producer educational programs in past droughts. The key lesson I learned from those droughts was that the optimum drought strategy depends on where we are in the cattle cycle. What is an optimal drought strategy for one drought may be sub-optimal for the next drought....More
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    Nov 15, 2012
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    The Debate Over Operational Paradigms Continues 9

    The commodity system used to let low-cost producers get away with producing a low-quality product. Meanwhile, the value-based marketing revolution allowed producers to get away with not being concerned with costs of production. Those days are gone....More
  • September Cattle On Feed Placements Are Down
    Oct 26, 2012
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    September Cattle Placement Number Confirms Trend

    Cattle numbers are tightening and will continue to decrease as a result of drought conditions that made 2012 another liquidation year. The industry will need to increase heifer retention to maintain numbers, but expanding the cowherd will require a substantial increase in the number of heifers being kept back out of the feeder mix....More
  • Smart Cow Culling Pays
    Oct 24, 2012
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    CHAPS Data Shows Benefits Of Smart Culling

    This year's widespread drought on top of last year’s moisture sucker in the Southern Plains has left everything short - from corn to hay to the supply of cattle. Yet, true to their nature, folks in the cattle business can always figure out a different way to skin the proverbial cat....More
  • Oct 24, 2012
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    The Economics Of Various Drought Strategies

    The 2012 summer drought hit much of cow country. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension economist, summed up the situation in late August this way: “The percent of pastures and range rated as poor to very poor is 59% for the entire country, with higher percentages for the Great Plains (77%), Corn Belt (69%), and Southern Plains (66%), along with the Western region at 54%.”...More

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