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Cattle Industry Convention highlights
What more can be said about this cattle market? It’s in the stratosphere: Market-ready choice steers over $1,600 a head; good lightweight feeder calves $1,000; even cull cows near $1 a pound!
Hopefully, this year will be one of recovery, says one pasture and range specialist who shared advice with beef producers for bringing pastures back to full production after floods, droughts, or both.
Hay and grazing specialists shared their message of a '300-day' program for grazing, getting the most out of your hay and forage as you can. See their 5-step process here.
J.D. Alexander and his son, Josh, farm 2,000 acres of crop ground and run a 5,000-head cattle feedlot in northeast Nebraska, near Pilger. The new NCBA president took a break from official activities at the convention to visit with Agriculture.com.
A genetic marker program has been introduced for the masses. For $17 per animal, you can have young heifers and bulls of pure or high Angus percentage tested for the two most important economic traits.
Nothing creates buzz on the National Cattle Industry Convention Trade Show floor like fly control products, and feed additives that reduce the cost of feeding cattle. Here are some hot products from Nashville in both categories.
If you could buy a new herd bull that would “fix” your cow herd in one of these areas, which would you most desire?
Would you spend a buck to make 20 bucks? Of course. Then why don’t you implant your young calves with a growth promotant?
Not only are farmers and ranchers looking for ways to stretch corn and grain feeds for cattle, they want to stretch pastures, too.
What can I do to feed less corn, or cheapen a feedlot ration? That question is high on the mind of cattlemen, and lots of people were trying to give them an answer at the National Cattle Industry Convention.
The days of living in our own little world are over. That's the message delivered to beef producers this week by Bill Cordingley, head of the agribusiness research department for international banking giant Rabo AgriFinance.
Check out a few highlights from the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention!