High Plains Journal - Beef
Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Featured Story

Cattle production offers sound environmental 'hoof print'

By Jennifer M. Latzke

The proposed “Green New Deal” has thrown a lot of focus onto cattle lately—a plan that would limit cattle production to an extent in an effort to curb their greenhouse gas “hoof print.”

But recently released research quantifies the role cattle play in the natural carbon cycle, and how they serve an upcycling purpose in turning feedstocks into higher value protein that humans can eat. Read more

Cattle Markets

Rains bring thoughts of opportunity

By Jerry Nine

Running a sale barn can be somewhere between interesting to challenging to frustrating. For several months I thought our middle aged bred cows were cheap enough and maybe still. But finally this week we had several more bidders on bred cows and good pairs. We had a dispersal of 4- to 5-year-old bred cows to calve September and October that brought from $1,260 to $1,325. Read more

Winter Livestock Auction report

The Winter Livestock Auction, Dodge City, Kansas, reported receipts of 3,653 head selling March 27, compared to 6,432 head a week ago and 2,994 head last year, according to the USDA-Kansas Department of Agriculture Market News Service, Dodge City, Kansas.

Compared to a week ago, feeder steers were selling mostly $2 to $5 lower. Feeder heifers were trading $1 to $3 lower. Calves were selling unevenly steady on a limited test. Slaughter cows were trading $1 to $4 lower. Bulls were selling mostly $3 to $4 lower. Overall, demand was good to very good, quality was average to attractive. The feeder supply included 42% steers, 55% heifers, 03% bulls, with 75% over 600 pounds. Bred heifer and cow sale supply included 07% first calf, 62% bred cows, 31% cow/calf pairs. Read more


Livestock Sales & Events

Upcoming Livestock Sales

April 6—Reds in the Heartland Red Angus Sale, El Reno, OK

April 6—Gardiner Angus 40th Annual Bull Sale, Ashland, KS

April 6—Dusty Prairie Ranch-Amerifax Bull & Female Sale, Bartley, NE

April 6—Vaughn Family Ranch Charolais Sale, El Dorado, KS

April 6—DeBruycker Charolais Bull Sale, Great Falls, MT

April 8—Raile Charolais Red Angus Sale, St Francis, KS

April 12—5L Red Angus Spring Profit $eeker Bull Sale, Sheridan, MT

April 13—Griswold—Grass to Grid Bull Sale, Beaver, OK

April 13—Hebbert Charolais Bull Sale, Hyannis, NE

April 13—Fillmore Ranch Bull Sale, La Junta, CO

April 13—Red Dirt Treasures Shorthorn Sale, Seminole, OK

April 19—Mogck Angus Bull Sale (Rescheduled) Tripp, SD

April 20—Express Ranches Grass Time Sale, Yukon, OK

Upcoming Events

April 27-28—SC Showdown Livestock Show, Scott City, KS

May 31-June 1—High Plains Livestock Classic Spring Show, Dodge City, KS

May 31-June 9 - Beef Empire Days, Garden City, KS

June 2-8—2019 World Pork Expo, Des Moines, IA

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 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

Every cattleman is in marketing

By Lacey Newlin

Breedlove Professor of Agribusiness and Extension Livestock Specialist Derrell Peel says cattlemen are always responding either consciously or subconsciously to market signals related to how they use resources to raise their product. Read more

K-State Cattlemen's Day considers disruptive alternative 'meats'

By Jennifer M. Latzke

There’s been a lot of hype recently about plant-sourced and laboratory-produced alternative “meat” coming onto the marketplace, but just how disruptive might they be to the $90 billion global meat market? Brad Morgan, senior director of Protein at Performance Food Group walked producers through this topic at the 2019 Cattlemen’s Day, March 1, on the Kansas State University campus. Read more

Network puts cash back in the cattleman's pocket

By Lacey Newlin

Agriculturists are always looking for ways to add value to commodities, but are they leaving cash on the table when they are not taking advantage of special value adding opportunities? Programs like the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network strive to provide tools producers need to increase the value of calves and produce an animal the market is looking to reward with a premium. Read more

Step one in recovering flooded pastures and hay ground

Flood waters are receding, but the challenges in recovery for farmers and livestock producers are just beginning. That’s why Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist, said producers should get out in their fields as soon as possible. Read more

Importance of cow nutrition from calving through breeding

By Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator

For cow-calf producers, the last few months have been very challenging from a weather standpoint. This has left many first-calf heifers and cows in less than optimum in terms of body condition at the time of calving. Weather conditions have also significantly depleted feed resources available as many producers have had to feed earlier and more than normal. Read more


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