Starting calves
Steinbecker Family
Its time for cowcalf producers to start thinking about weaning their spring calf crop and how best to manage and market older unproductive and open cull cows To help provide producers options for managing and marketing cull cows researchers at the Noble Foundation and Oklahoma State University conducted a study that evaluated the economics of two alternative management and marketing systems for retaining open beef cows according to the Oklahoma Farm Report  Click here to see what worked best
Cow with calf
stocker cattle prices require risk management
Value added calves
Calves on pasture
preconditioning calves pay
The signals being sent by the feeder cattle market arenrsquot good ever since prices started to spiral downward beginning in June 2015 What is the best strategy going forward to regain profitability or at a minimum stop the bleeding of balance sheetsMany options are available A selected list includes strip and sell precondition 45 to 60 days and sell and retain ownership through spring For example assume that a bawling 5weight steer will net roughly 750 per head in early October If that c
USDA continues to revise higher its beef supply projections for 2016 due to in their words ldquothe pace of slaughter in the second quarter but also as feedlot marketings during the second half of the year are expected to remain relatively highrdquo Indeed feedlots have been extremely aggressive in selling cattle so far this summer Lower fed cattle prices and a strong cutout have given the packer a margin big enough to run Saturday shifts Lower prices have also provided domestic retailers and fo