– Al Gahler, OSU Extension Educator, Sandusky County (originally published in the Ohio Cattleman, late fall 2017 issue)
Color is seldom an accurate indication of hay quality!
Across most of Ohio, 2017 has been a challenging crop year, especially for those in the hay production business. In 2016, while most producers did not have significant yields, quality was tremendous due to the dry weather which allowed for highly manageable cutting intervals and easy dry down. Since the end of June, however, 2017 has been just the opposite, with mother nature forcing many bales to be made at higher than optimal moisture levels, and cutting intervals measured in months rather than days.
With adequate moisture throughout most of the state for much of the summer, this equates to substantial yields, which in turn for the beef producer, means hay is readily available at reasonable prices. However, for the astute cattleman that either makes his/her own hay or knows the nature of the business, this also means high quality hay may just be the proverbial needle in the haystack, and for the most part, as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for.
While there are many options to manage the situation, Continue reading
– Mark Landefeld, OSU Extension Educator, Ag/NR Monroe County (previously published in Farm & Dairy)
At this time of year many cow-calf operators are weaning/selling calves and determining which, if any, cows are going to be culled and sent to market. The sale of cull cows can be a significant source of cash flow for cow-calf operators. Data shows that 15-25% of cow-calf business’ returns are a result of selling cull cows in the fall, after weaning. For this reason, cow-calf operators should carefully consider how and when they market their cull animals.
If you decide to delay marketing cull cows in an effort to add weight, improve quality, and capture a stronger early spring market, stockpiled forage makes a good feed source.
Glen Selk, Oklahoma State University Extension Cattle Specialist, said, “It is important to understand the Continue reading
– Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Extension
October is a traditional weaning and culling time for spring-calving herds. Weaning for value-added calf sales is already underway. This is a time when producers decide which cows no longer are helpful to the operation and which heifer calves will be kept for future replacements. Selecting against ill-tempered cattle has always made good sense. Wild cattle are hard on equipment, people, other cattle, and now we know that they are Continue reading
– Andrew P. Griffith, University of Tennessee
FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded steady compared to last week on a live basis. Prices on a live basis were mainly $108 while prices on a dressed basis were mainly $170 to $172.
The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $107.88 live, up $1.13 from last week and $171.13 dressed, up $5.13 from a week ago. A year ago prices were $103.36 live and $161.92 dressed.
Finished cattle prices held steady this week which is a positive sign for cattle feeders. This should bring some Continue reading