High Plains Journal - Beef
Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Featured Story

Cattle U brings segments of the beef chain together

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Each segment in the beef chain has its own targets and goals for profitability and efficiency.

And yet, by working together there are parts in the chain that provide opportunities for all segments. And that’s the goal of the inaugural Cattle U, July 31 and Aug. 1, in Dodge City, Kansas. Identifying those parts of the chain and the profit opportunities they present for cattlemen and the rest of the chain is all part of the event. Cattle U will have breakout sessions focusing on the cow-calf, stocker and feedlot sectors, as well as general sessions that pertain to all three segments as well as a trade show with vendors from up and down the beef chain.

One of the confirmed speakers for Cattle U is Lorna Marshall, vice president of beef genetics for Select Sires, Plain City, Ohio. Marshall will speak in a breakout session on the topic of how commercial cattlemen can better use expected progeny differences in their breeding programs to improve their profitability. Read more

Cattle Markets

Producers need to take up fake meat fight

By Jerry Nine

There is more talk and concern about this fake meat being developed now. Even at least one of our largest packers has invested in this process. All of us including individuals and definitely cattle organizations need to get off high center and get involved in this.  Read more

Winter Livestock cattle sale results

Winter Livestock, Dodge City, Kansas, reported 959 head of cattle selling May 29, compared to 1,008 head a week ago and 920 head a year ago, according to the USDA-Kansas Department of Agriculture Market News, Dodge City, Kansas.

Compared to a week ago, there were limited comparable weights available. The feeder steers and heifers were mostly steady to $1 lower. The calves were too lightly tested for an accurate market trend. The slaughter cows were steady to $2 lower and there were not enough bulls for an accurate market trend. Overall, the demand was moderate and the quality was average.  Read more


Livestock Sales & Events

Upcoming Livestock Sales

June 20 - Superior Livestock Auction, Tall Grass Yearling Auction, Emporia, KS

June 26-27 - Superior Livestock Auction, Big Sky Roundup, Billings, MT

July 8-12 - Superior Livestock Auction, Week in the Rockies, Breckenridge, CO 

Aug. 10 - Spruce Mountain Annual Sale, Watch for more details

Aug. 16-17 - Express Ranches Angus Big Event, Yukon, OK

Aug. 30 - OK Angus Gathering Sale, Perkins, OK

Aug. 30-31 - Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. Ranch Horse Sale, Arthur, NE

Upcoming Events

June 16-21—National Jr. Charolais Show, Ft Worth, TX

June 16-22—National Jr. Red Angus Show, Grand Island, NE

June 16-22—National Jr. Shorthorn Show, Lebanon, TN

June 18-21 - 2019 Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium & Convention, Brookings, SD

June 19-20 - Sandhills Ranch Expo, Bassett, NE

June 23-28—Maine/Chianina National Jr. Heifer Shows, Des Moines, IA

June 25-29—National Jr. Aberdeen Show, Lawrence, KS

July 1-6—NJSA National Jr. Summer Spectacular, Louisville, KY

July 6-13—National Jr. Hereford Expo, Denver, CO

July 7-12—National Jr. Gelbvieh Show, Lebanon, TN

July 14-21—National Jr. Angus Show, Louisville, KY

July 21-28—National Jr. Simmental Classic, Louisville, KY

July 31-Aug. 1—HPJ's Cattle U, Dodge City, KS

Beef News You May Have Missed

Faux meat company Beyond Meat should be taken seriously

By Lacey Newlin

Veggie burgers have been around for years without the animal agriculture sector feeling the slightest bite out of their piece of the food industry pie. A new plant-based protein company, which went public May 2, could be the first detectable nibble. The company, Beyond Meat, had 2019’s best first day for Initial Public Offering and their stock surged 163 percent on opening day. Read more

Sec. 232 tariffs removed, commodity groups call for USMCA approval

By Jennifer M. Latzke

U.S. agriculture interests took a big breath May 17, with the announcement that Section 232 Tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico would be removed. President Donald Trump had imposed tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum in March 2018, under a 1962 Cold War-era trade law. Read more

Prairie preservation: New state park will expand conservation mission of historic ranch

By Shauna Rumbaugh

Dramatic Niobrara Chalk bluffs and spires, millions of years old, stretch into the sky at the Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park, the newest state park in Kansas. Less conspicuous than the badlands, but equally impressive, are the diverse wildlife and plant species that make this chalk prairie and the surrounding grassland in Logan County their home.  Read more

Fly season is here for livestock so begin fly control early

By David Burton, University of Missouri Extension

Flies, especially horn flies, are starting to show up in significant numbers in some area beef herds according to Eldon Cole, a field specialist in livestock for University of Missouri Extension. Read more

Kansas Mesonet launches Cattle Comfort Index

By Pat Melgares, Kansas State University

The harsh conditions in Kansas this past winter have prompted one of the state’s leading weather agencies to develop a tool that will help cattle producers in the future. Read more


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