Steer slaughter below year-ago while beef heifer and cow harvest runs high
"Steer slaughter continues to run below year-ago levels despite the fact that the quarterly feedlot inventories have shown more steers on feed in 2018 compared to last year,” reports Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing economist at Oklahoma State University. “Steer slaughter has averaged 51.6% of total cattle slaughter so far this year, down from 52.9% of total cattle slaughter in 2017."
Peel says that as heifer and cow slaughter return to normal levels, steer slaughter will move closer to the long-term average of 50.6% of total slaughter, according to the Oklahoma Farm Report.
According to Peel "heifer slaughter so far this year is averaging about 7% above year-ago levels with smaller year-over-year increases in recent weeks, pulling the year-to-date total down to a smaller increase. Total cow slaughter is up 7.3% year to date with beef cow slaughter up 10.5% year over year as beef cow culling returns to long term average levels.”
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Ram pump gets water to dry pastures
Pearce Flournoy runs the Willow Creek Ranch near Likely, Calif. And he had a problem. He had dry pastures he couldn’t use because he couldn’t get water to the cattle. So he turned to the NRCS and after considering several options, settled on installing a ram pump, reports onpasture.com.
Hydraulic ram pump technology has been around since the late 1700s. But interest declined in the 1890s as electricity and electric pumps became more widely available. The basic principle is to use a large amount of water falling a short distance to pump a small amount of water to a higher elevation. A ram pump basically takes water pressure and multiplies it. It works like a water hammer.
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10 ways Gen Z is shaping the future
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There’s a new kid in town and you might be surprised by some of their unique trends and behaviors. Gen Z, roughly 22 years old and younger, is the new emerging generation that represents the future of our country and they are proving to be modern, dependent, and more diverse than any previous generation.
Here’s a glimpse at this upcoming generation:
1. 95% of Gen Z has a smartphone.
2. Over half (55%) of Gen Z use their smartphones 5 or more hours a day and over a quarter (26%) use their phones 10 or more hours a day.
3. 65% of Gen Z is on their smartphones after midnight a few times a week or more often and 29% is on their smartphones after midnight every night.
Click here to read more from the Center for Generational Kinetics.
Stretching limited hay supplies
Extension specialists with Texas A&M AgriLife have developed rations for getting cows through the winter on limited hay supplies, reports the Victoria (Texas) Advocate.
The dry cow requirements are based on a 1,350-pound cow in late gestation with a body condition score of 5 (no ribs showing) with the goal of maintaining that BCS while reducing hay use (no ad lib feeding). The cows will be allowed either 10 or 20 pounds of hay, and then supplemental feed is used to balance the ration.
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Simmental’s American Journey available in print
The American Simmental Association has released Simmental’s American Journey, a hardcover, coffee-table style book that provides a comprehensive look at the American Simmental Association's storied history, tracing the breed from its European roots through its journey to the U.S., according to the Tri-State Livestock News.
From November 15 to December 10, the book, written by Dr. Bob Hough, is available at a 20% discount. To order the book or preview more information, visit simmental.org/book.
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