Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Summer Roundup, Aug. 28, 29

OCA’s Roundup will be taking place August 28 & 29, 2015 in Mercer County. On Friday night, the event will feature Representative Tony Burkley from the 82nd District of the Ohio House of Representatives speaking on water quality issues, and Colin Woodall from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association giving a Continue reading

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Grazing Basics School

The Ohio State University – ATI, OSU Extension, and the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council is sponsoring a 3-day Grazing Basics School on September 29, 30 and October 1 of 2015. The school will be held at the Ohio State University ATI campus in Wooster. The grazing basics school is designed for those who are new to grazing livestock and desire to improve their grazing Continue reading

Beef Herd Expanding Quickly, But Will It Continue?

– Chris Hurt, Department of Agricultural Economics Purdue University (from farmdocDAILY, 8/3/15)

The nation’s beef cow herd has started down the path of the largest expansion in 25 years. The last major expansion was from 1990 to 1995 when the herd grew by ten percent. The industry had started on a modest expansion in 2005 and 2006, but producers aborted that expansion cycle due to the Southern Plains drought and the start of the high feed price era late in 2006. Now, with pastures and grassland restored for most of the country and the feeling that feed prices will remain moderate, this expansion is Continue reading

Fall Backgrounding and Stocker Margins . . .

– Glynn T. Tonsor, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University

As fall weaning approaches it is prudent for cow-calf producers to assess backgrounding prospects and likewise for commercial stocker operators to assess available margins. Each of these decisions are driven by a comparison of expected value of gain (revenue associated with weight increase) and expected cost of gain (expense incurred in adding weight), coupled with the operators views and tolerance for associated risk. Continue reading

Stockpiling Pasture for Late Season Grazing

Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County

Now is the time for pasture-based livestock operations to begin stockpiling pasture grass if they want to extend the grazing season into late fall and/or winter. To stockpile forage, take a last cutting, clipping or grazing pass in a pasture paddock in early to mid-August and then let the pasture regrow and accumulate forage until the end of the growing season. Stockpiling research and on-farm trial results have shown this timing is the best compromise between quantity of forage stockpiled and quality of forage stockpiled. Beginning earlier can result in more tonnage but quality will be lower, while beginning later will result in higher quality forage, but lower total tonnage. Tall fescue is the best grass to stockpile, especially for late winter grazing, because Continue reading

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Improving the Odds of Successfully Stockpiling Fescue

Chris Penrose, OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Morgan County

After feeding corn stalks, probably the lowest cost way to feed cattle in the fall and winter is to stockpile forages. Stockpiling means to make the last harvest by clipping or grazing of a hay field or pasture and then let it grow for grazing latter; in this situation, in the fall or winter. While most predominantly cool season grass based fields will work, fescue works the best as it maintains quality into and throughout the winter better. Many studies have demonstrated that one way to improve the quality and yield is to apply nitrogen (N) when stockpiling is initiated. Urea is the most common form of N used for stockpiling in most areas, but the biggest risk is Continue reading

Fed Cattle Prices Looking for Seasonal Low

– John D. Anderson, Deputy Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

Cash fed cattle prices bounced back some last week after declining more-or-less steadily since the first week of April. That week, the 5-Area weekly weighted average steer price (live basis) worked out to $167.57. Two weeks ago, the 5-Area steer price bottomed out at $145.48. That is a decline from spring high to summer low (tentatively, at least) of 13.2 percent.

From a seasonal standpoint, this year so far doesn’t look too unusual. In fact, it looks Continue reading