Last month Kenny, Josh, and I wrote about the challenges with making year-over-year comparisons to 2020. Comparisons will be based on periods in 2020 when COVID was having major impacts on the… Read more

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The time has arrived to plan for controlling summer fly populations. Adequate fly control programs are multi-faceted, systematic, and, in addition to directly enhancing cattle performance, can… Read more

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Nothing is more aggravating for feedlot pen riders than witnessing a crowd of finishing steers milling about and taking turns riding a stressed and fatigued animal amidst a dust storm of their… Read more

In the middle of winter, most of us yearn for longer days and more sunshine. As temperatures increase and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors expand, we find ourselves doing more and more outs… Read more

The USDA Cattle on Feed report was recently released which set total inventory levels on February 1, in feedlots of +1,000 head capacity, at 12.106 million head, 1.5% (178,000 head) above a ye… Read more

Winter in South Dakota is often not for the faint of heart, especially for livestock producers. The good news is that eventually there will be some signs of spring. The bad news is we there ar… Read more

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The latest Cattle on Feed report was released this past Friday. Included in this report were placements and marketings for December 2020 and the on-feed total for January 1, 2021. The biggest … Read more

Last week, effective January 4, 2021, the RMA began using new updated yields for the calculation of the beef cutout. The boxed beef cutout values for a carcass basis are calculated from the se… Read more

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Teenage pregnancy in a herd of cattle is never a good thing. But teenage pregnancy in a pen at a feedyard can quickly turn into disaster. Not knowing what a heifer is bred to, when she will ca… Read more

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Feeding cattle in the winter is not for the faint of heart, especially in South Dakota. Frigid temperatures combined with wind, snow and ice test every aspect of animal husbandry in the quest … Read more

Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) results from the mixture of host (calf) susceptibility, pathogens (viral and bacterial) and the environment to cause disease. Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurel… Read more

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Late fall is known as a difficult time to buy feeder calves due to major health challenges. Weather is often blamed but is just one of many risk factors that play a role in Bovine Respiratory … Read more

Cattle producers, feeders, backgrounders, feed industry personnel, animal health-care suppliers and others will have an opportunity to learn more about during the annual North Dakota State Uni… Read more