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Feb. 7, 2023
Farmers and ranchers operate with the understanding that many things are beyond their control despite the best laid plans and management. Market prices, input costs, pests, and diseases are just some...


Feb. 7, 2023
Spring calving season can be stressful enough without calf scours making animals sick and compounding medical costs. That is why the Sandhills Calving System was designed to limit the spread of calf s...


Feb. 7, 2023
Cows were made to eat forage. We give them other stuff, but none of it comes under the entrée heading. Everything else is strictly a side dish.Built into this need for forage is the ruminant’s abil...


Feb. 7, 2023
A moderate average price gain for alfalfa in December snubbed the previous month’s downturn. For hay other than alfalfa, the average price dropped by $5 per ton, according to USDA’s Agricultural P...


Feb. 7, 2023
February 7, 2023• The U.S. beef cow inventory on January 1 was reported at 28.9 million head in USDA’s Cattle report. This was down 4% from a year ago and is the fewest number of beef cows since 1...


Feb. 7, 2023
Below are examples of alfalfa and grass prices being paid FOB barn/stack (except for those noted as delivered, which are indicated by a "d" in the table below) for selected states at the e...


Jan. 31, 2023
January 3, 2023• Cattle and calves on feed for the U.S. slaughter market in feedlots over 1,000 head capacity totaled 11.7 million head on December 1. The inventory was 3% below the previous year. P...


Jan. 31, 2023
Alan Franzluebbers has been on a mission to better quantify the need for nitrogen in pasture systems. “If you have no nitrogen, then you have no yield,” said the USDA-ARS research scientist, “Bu...


Jan. 31, 2023
The cold front that swept across the country in late December caused frost damage in winter annuals, turning forage fields from green to yellow. That isolated weather event was just one of many freeze...


Jan. 31, 2023
The foundations of plant growth should always be top of mind when striving to get the most livestock production out of your pastures. These foundations include water and sunlight. Plants combine...