The Kansas beef industry represents a major economic activity in the
Kansas economy. In terms of gross cash receipts, the $4.07 billion of
cattle marketings represents 58 percent of all agricultural marketings
and 89 percent of livestock and poultry marketings for the most currently
available year. These percentages have remained relatively stable over
the past decade as crop prices and production levels in Kansas have
not fluctuated very dramatically. In recent years, levels of profitability
in the Kansas agricultural economy have been directly related to performance
in the livestock sector.
Although the beef feedlot industry is continuing to consolidate into
fewer and larger operations, the cow-calf sector remains quite dispersed.
The cow herd tends to locate near the low cost forages. The larger supplies
and lower prices associated with the cattle cycle point to a period
in which the less efficient producers may not survive and more efficient
operations will dominate the industry. While many inputs (feed, labor,
utilities, trucking, etc.) will still be provided locally, less will
be needed per unit of output. Because cattle production units will be
larger on average than they are today, total economic activity may remain
stable or increase for regions that have production units.
The beef industry is also slowly transforming from a commodity to
a production orientation with increased interest in value based marketing
and retained ownership. These trends will place greater value on superior
cattle and on information systems that will accurately relate value
through the marketing channel. New products will have to meet the requirements
for fresh, processed, HRI (Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutions), retail,
and international markets. As a result, the different segments of the
marketing channel will communicate more closely with one another. This
communication, either formal via specification contracts or informal,
will coordinate to deliver cattle with specific characteristics for
a given product line and synchronize production flow to more efficiently
utilize processing capacity. The additional handling and processing
associated with these new markets will mean additional value-added jobs
in Kansas' agri- industries.
The beef industry is also quickly evolving to an integrated forage
and beef system approach to production. Once the market place identifies
the genetic characteristics of cattle to fill a particular market niche,
the genetics will determine the needed nutrition, grazing and feeding
program. Using this system approach to beef production, Kansas producers
will remain competitive in the cattle industry and the global protein
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WEANING A CRITICAL PART OF ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP
Antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use on farms and in all meat production systems are hot news items right now. There is an awful lot of confusion, misinformation and disinformation on the Internet and in the media, too.
HIGH FORAGE QUALITY IMPORTANT FOR CATTLE NUTRITION
High quality forage is essential to beef cattle's nutrition and beef producers' bottom lines, said University of Georgia Extension forage specialist Dennis Hancock.
PRICES AND NUMBERS UP FOR BEEF CATTLE
Starkville, Miss. -- Record beef cattle prices are making Mississippi producers happy to be in the business this summer.
HEREFORD JUNIORS ELECT NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Kansas City, Mo. - The election of four new junior Hereford members to the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board of directors was made, along with announcement of the new officer team, during the 16th Annual VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) June 27-July 3 in Grand Island, Neb.
STUDY LOOKS AT FORAGE BENEFITS FOR QUAIL AND CATTLE
The old adage the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence may have a new twist when it comes to cattle forages.
BLACK INK -- NO BIDDERS
Imagine you've got a load a calves headed for the sale barn. You know that feeling of anticipation and hope, and perhaps some worry.
MAKE GOOD STOCKING DECISIONS DURING DRY SPELLS AND DROUGHT
Imagine it's the end of June and it hasn't rained in awhile. Your region is well below the average annual rainfall and it's hard to say when the skies might open and give your pasture a little relief.
IT'S THE PITTS -- CLOCKWORK
One of my favorite papers is the Livestock Weekly out of West Texas and in a recent issue there was an ad urging readers to support a bill to end daylight savings time in Texas.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- COW HERD AND PRICE TRANSITION UNDERWAY
If anything, the nation's beef producers are growing the cow-herd faster than some suspected.
SOUTH POLL GRASS CATTLE ASSOCIATION HOLDS FIELD DAY & AUCTION
The South Poll Grass Cattle Association held its seventh annual field day and auction June 26 and 27, at the farm of John and Andra Lyons in Piedmont, Ala.
PRODUCERS MUST DEAL WITH VARIABLES IN NUTRITION
In part 1 of this series we began a discussion of the numerous nutritional sub programs necessary for the production groups that must be managed to have a comprehensively successful nutrition program on a typical purebred cattle operation. One thing to be noted is the amount of variation in these programs as well as the others to be discussed in the following sections.
SOUTHEAST ANGUS CLASSIC FEMALE SALE AVERAGES $5,187
The Southeast Angus Classic Female Sale was held May 16, 2015 in Opelika, Ala.
TOWN CREEK FARM TO HOST FALL BRANGUS CONFERENCE
Town Creek Farm (TCF) and owner, Milton Sundbeck, West Point, Miss., will host cattlemen from across the region during the 2015 Fall Brangus Conference and Southeast Brangus Breeders Association Field Day, August 20-22.
AUBURN TO HOST ONE-DAY BEEF CATTLE CONFERENCE AUGUST 8
Auburn, Ala. -- Auburn University Department of Animal Sciences announces the 2015 Beef Cattle Conference for Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Auburn University Ham Wilson Livestock Arena and campus facilities.
NUGEN FOUNDATION SALE AND CELEBRATION HELD IN GEORGIA
The first public offering of new, genetically improved and performance-based Santa Gertrudis NuGen cattle were auctioned in at the NuGen Foundation Sale and Celebration in Ringgold, Ga., in mid-April.