On the scene at the 2012 Cattle Convention, Nashville

How to sell calves on highest market

CattleFax’s Troy Applehans, addressed a beef industry crowd
at the Cattle Convention from the perspective of cow/calf producers. He said
they need to take a harder look at seasonal trends in this market.

“About 80% of the beef calves in this country are born in
the spring and weaned in the fall,” he said. “And probably 80% of those are
priced in the fall when they go to an auction. That’s a lot of calves being
priced in a narrow time window.”

Go ahead, expand, but know the risks

Staff members of CattleFax, a market outlook and research
firm (www.cattlefax.com/)  spoke to beef producers at the annual
Cattlemen’s College of the Cattle Industry Convention this week. Their message:
Yes, the market is telling you to expand your cattle operation, but do it with
fully knowledge that the ante has been upped, and the risks of owning and
feeding cattle are greater than ever.


Rocky Mountain Round-Up, or Worst of Times?

The biggest cattle show of the year will be
held this week, February 1-5, 2011, in Denver. It’s the Cattle Industry
Convention, the annual gathering of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
(www.beefusa.org/), with the giant trade show and endless meetings. They’re
calling it the Rocky Mountain Round-Up.


Guardian Angel

Gene Johnston shared his wife's story, and may have saved the life of a reader.


Stretch hay supplies, add cows, beware predictions

The easy thing to do is put a round bale in the place where you want the cows to eat and come back tomorrow and do it again. They’ll eat all they want and look fat and happy. But the reality is the more unrestricted access that animals are given to hay, the more they wind up wasting. In fact, they’ll waste about as much hay as they eat.

The hard thing to do is put that bale inside a ring, then come back eight hours later and lock cattle away from the feed. It takes more time, better fences, and a willingness to tolerate their hungry glares. But they’re not as hungry as they look.