Recently, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association committed the U.S. beef industry to be climate neutral by 2040, but what does that really mean, how are we going to get there, and what does it mean for the individual producer? Climate neutral is different than carbon neutral in that carbo… Read more

The United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (USDA-ERS) released the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook on October 18, 2021. This monthly report provides an … Read more

As a result of the current pandemic, terms such as “herd immunity,” “infection rates,” and “contact tracing” are now part of daily conversations. Similar terms and principles would apply if an… Read more

Talk about cattle markets these past few weeks has focused on the cow and fed heifer slaughter. Beef cow slaughter has been strong since this time last year and has been impact by the western … Read more

The combination of drought impacts and high crop prices mean that beef cattle producers face significantly higher feed costs this winter. Increased feed costs have been impacting feedlots for … Read more

Stockers and backgrounders typically rely on the high-quality nutrients found in wheat pasture to turn their calves out on for late fall and winter grazing. Wheat pasture is an economical sour… Read more

The first light frosts are still a few weeks away in Nebraska. However, planning for these events should be considered by beef producers grazing plants in the sorghum family. In addition to so… Read more

If you’ve driven throughout the rural Midwest in the last week or two, you’ve likely noticed a significant difference in the landscape. Where tall corn fields once stood, you can now see for m… Read more

Recently a U.S. District Court in Arizona purported to vacate the navigable waters protection rule (NWPR) nationwide. Despite a standing U.S. Department of Justice memorandum opposing such nat… Read more

Winter feed costs are the largest single expense in most livestock grazing production systems. Extending the grazing to reduce the cost of feeding stored feed will greatly increase profits. La… Read more

Cows in moderate body condition (BCS 5 to 6) usually require an average of about 55 to 65 days to resume fertile cycles after calving – meaning that mature cows that calve during the first 35 … Read more

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LMIC’s cattle feeding returns for the month of September locked in another profit, albeit small. September is the 5th month of 2021 to post positive returns. Since April, estimated returns hav… Read more

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When looking at trading activity in recent weeks, the volume and open interest is quite similar for live cattle and feeder cattle futures compared to a year ago. Live cattle option open intere… Read more

After the driest September on record, last night we got what my dad would have called a “million-dollar rain”. For producers relying on winter pasture to grow purchased or retained calves this… Read more

In the latest livestock trade data, August beef exports were up 21.3 percent year over year with year-to-date total beef exports also up 21.0 percent from 2020. Beef exports in the month of Au… Read more

Rural landowners often are interested in raising livestock to slaughter for personal consumption, local marketing or for normal commodity markets. Advantages to raising your own beef include h… Read more

During periods of drought, it is important to consider and be aware of the factors that can be a concern during these conditions, specifically nitrates and prussic acid. In normal years plant … Read more