Is Weather Driving Your Cows to Slaughter?

Pushing Cows To Slaughter
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Drought and forecasts for little rain and high feed prices pressure producers into herd liquidation.  Darrell Peel, Oklahoma State livestock economist, discusses how and when to move your steers under these conditions.
What are the options available and how to get through the winter?

DairyCast Update for August 26, 2011, How Is Your Animal Handling Policy Compliance?

Having trouble locating hay and forage? The #HayTalk Twitter conversation for this week centered on growers in various regions sharing their hay/forage availability and prices.
Also this last week, Temple Grandin's presentation to Agri-professionals highlights that the agriculture industry needs to communicate with the public directly and openly.
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DairyCast 0424 - How Do You Ensure Animal Handling Policy Compliance?

DairyCast 0424 Show Notes:
  • Colorado State's Dr. Temple Grandin believes handling procedures have improved dramatically over the past decade but harbors concern for the 10% of handlers that shouldn't be near animals.

DairyCast update for August 12, 2011, What is Pushing Cows To Slaughter?

The USDA crop report won't slow heavy supplies of cattle at slaughter near term.  Even though corn harvest is anticipated to boost 2010 production levels by 4%, that's still down from earlier estimates and markets reacted higher. 

We're featuring a conversation on the mass of beef moving to market due to drought in many southwest states.  Meat counter prices are being supported by a jump in exports, in no small part courtesy of the weak dollar.  The 'new normal' translates to volatility in all market segments.   

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DairyCast 0423 - What is Pushing Cows To Slaughter?

DairyCast 0423 Show Notes:
  • Drought and forecasts for little rain and high feed prices pressure producers into herd liquidation.  How and when to move your steers under these conditions with Oklahoma State livestock economist Darrell Peel as he talks with Eric Atkinson.
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