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ISSUE DATE: 09/03/2012

Drought pressures producers to sell yearlings sooner than normal

By Jennifer Carrico

Sending yearlings to the feedlot sooner than normal is what many stocker cattle producers are doing this year because of drought conditions.

Bassett, Neb., cattleman Homer Buell said raising cattle in the Sandhills of Nebraska always means dry weather, but this year is way more extreme than normal.

Homer and his son, Chad, run 750 commercial cow-calf pairs along with about 1,000 stocker cattle on their Shovel Dot Ranch in north central Nebraska. The drought of 2012 has pushed them to make decisions before they would like.

"We will be weaning everything in early September, which is about a month earlier than normal," he said. "We plan to keep all the calves and background them here and we may purchase some more to run as well. It all depends on the grass situation."

The decision to wean early is one that Buell hopes will benefit both the cows and calves since they are short on grass and hay. As for the yearlings, he's selling them a bit early this year too.

This year the yearlings were fed a wet distillers cake at a low level to help keep gains at a more normal amount since they were short on grass.


NEWS

AgriLife agencies include A&M to align with statewide system
Future of Ogallala Aquifer discussed
Historic Greenwood Hotel
KANSAS! Magazine receives two awards
KDA announces photo contest winners
Nonfarm businesses eligible to apply for economic disaster loans
Rural Development offers economic development financing
Secretary of Ag panel to kick off Heuermann Lectures
Teen promotes healthy choices to boost community
U.S., Mexico sign agreement addressing border issues
USDA APHIS removes barriers to trade, expands market access
USDA promotes commercialization of research to benefit producers, consumers
Use caution before investing in oil, gas
Wetter winter predicted for Texas

CROPS

2,4-D resistance found in weeds
Agri-Smart workshop to be held in Winfield
Agritourism continues despite drought
AgroNomics conference set for fall
Alta Vista to host Old Settler's Day
'Back to the Farmer' exhibit showcases farming progress
Business & Industrial Expo coming to Grand Island
Colorado Energy Master Program offered in Logan County
Establishing good winter canola stands
Grant funds available for ag producers, groups
Herbicide carryover in fall-seeded crops a concern
Iowa Learning Farms to host cover crop field day
Iowa State student turns class assignment into crop scouting innovation
Kansas Corn Growers Association backs Farm Bill Now effort
Kansas Water Congress holds summer conference
Kansas Wheat Yield Contest winners announced
K-State plans ag lenders conferences
MU Southwest Center to hold field day
NAMA hosts milling industry summer interns in D.C.
National conference on air, soil and water quality seeks farmer input
New director of research center named
Planting into hard, dry soils
Sorghum Field Days planned
Strengthening agriculture focus of Wind River summit
Texas AgriLife offers 'Picks' list on wheat varieties for High Plains producers
Texas Governor joins coalition in requesting ethanol waiver
UNL tractor museum has new manager
USW installs new officers at summer board meeting
Wheat trade team from Taiwan visits Colorado

LIVESTOCK

AJBA holds National Junior Brahman Show
American Royal to induct National Barbecue Hall of Fame class
Animal care expert comments on Calif. processing facility video
Billings family sweeps state 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
Cattlemen praise senators for stance against Meatless Mondays
Colorado Independent CattleGrowers drops affiliation with OCM
Consider early weaning in drought conditions
Control Mycoplasma bovis with proper management
Cost-share initiative aims to improve livestock water supplies
Drought hits horse owners too
Drought pressures producers to sell yearlings sooner than normal
For horses, vaccination best defense against West Nile virus
Give incoming cattle a strong, healthy start
Herds may experience reduced fertility in herds this fall
Jersey leadership named at annual meetings
Junior Hereford board members, officers elected
Know the basics of strategic deworming
K-State's Beef Stocker Field Day set for Sept. 27
Livestock industry backs the Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act
MU field day to highlight beef research
MU South Farm Showcase set for Sept. 22
NALF Emerging Leaders Academy class meets
National Beef Quality Audit documents improvement, establishes benchmarks
National Bison Foundation offers scholarship
NCBA's Cattlemen to Cattlemen kicks off new season
New award at Adequan Select World Championship Show
NMSU hosts 5-State Beef Conference in Clayton
North American Limousin Foundation adds staff members
Plan ahead to prevent coccidiosis losses
Pork Checkoff supports NJSA as Visionary Sponsor
Producer support of beef checkoff remains high
Producers enthusiastic about foreign markets
Salers juniors evaluated at national show
Solving sire mysteries
Take the guesswork out of managing respiratory disease
Teleseminar offers winter prep tips
Tentative schedule for Adequan Select World Show online
U.S. beef makes strides in Russia
Update: Colorado Equine Herpes Virus quarantine released
USCA members complete D.C. fly-in
Using Integrated Pest Management to fight flies
Using ultrasound to detect pregnancy
UW to host Cattlemen's Boot Camp in September
Winning the battle against BRD
Youth attend Young Leaders Conference
Youth recognized for cattle projects

EDITOR

Drought lessons
Glass walls
What convention season tells us

COLUMNS

Climbing, gently, onto my soapbox
Have you 'tweeted' today?
How can anyone be hungry in America?
Just a scoop full
Remotely manage pivots

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
All grains close lower
Amarillo livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Corn reaching maturity
Crops progress, soybeans turning yellow
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ericson livestock auction report
Field prep underway for small grains
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Hot days, cool nights
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Majority of crop conditions decline
McAlester livestock market report
Most hay prices steady to firm
Most of state remains dry
Most of state remains dry
Most soil moisture rated very short, short
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Rain, cooler temps welcomed
Rainfall brings limited improvements
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Scattered showers bring welcome moisture
South Central direct sheep sales report
Springfield dairy heifer sale
Springfield livestock auction report
State gets widespread rainfall
State receives much-needed rainfall
Superior video livestock auction report
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm temps, drought conditions persist
West Plains regional auction report
Woodward livestock market report

RANGE

Additional practices approved for haying, grazing in Kansas
Cattle deaths from drought-stressed forage confirmed
Control sericea lespedeza
Drought accelerates herd sell-off, hay price increase
Extension offers hay tips during Drought Survival Tour
Forage specialist: Fall fertilizer applications still useful
Gov. Brownback signs order to expedite hay delivery
Hay Market Listings add new forages
Using ammonia can make low-quality roughages usable

FAMILY

Alva judging teams excel at Big 3 Field Days
Conditions just right for cricket invasion
Conviction By Joe Kreger
Creating water-wise landscapes during drought
Donor establishes FFA endowment
EHD continues to kill Nebraska deer
Fall Into Agriculture art contest underway
Have fun with your family
Household greywater an alternative water source for landscapes
Landscape planning for fall planting
Making healthy, delicious school lunches
Meditation
Native late summer wildflowers for home landscape
New Mexico 4-H state officers begin new term
Peaches are in season
Project swap is a winner
Put more plants on the plate
Rise to the bait--grill a whole fish
Riverside's traditional farmhouse style eye-catching
Shopping for back-to-school clothing
State fair 4-H photos offer glimpse of Kansas
Study examines use of Eastern redcedar as mulch
Sunflower Piecemakers quilt show set for Sept. 8
U.S. Fish and Wildlife downlists Wood Bison
Vegetable growing program set for Sept. 8
Watermelon offers health benefits

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