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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HOW EXPENSIVE IS "CHEAP" HAY?
Every year, countless cattle operations find themselves in a similar situation. For one reason or another it becomes necessary for them to purchase at least some of the hay they will need for winter feeding.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- SCORING OPPORTUNITY
There's nothing new about cow Body Condition Scores (BCS), what they are or how to use them as a guide to herd nutritionspecifically a gauge of excess nutrients stored as body fat.
IT'S THE PITTS -- BE A HERO
Their future has been mortgaged, the government has a lien on their life and their parent's principles are in the pawn shop. We have a second mortgage on their spirit.
CIRCLE A ANGUS BULL SALE AVERAGES $6,050 ON 120 LOTS
Circle A Angus Ranch, headquartered in Iberia, Mo., was proud to host their 9th Annual Fall Bull and Heifer sale offering. Four hundred fourteen head sold on October 17. The bleachers were filled with potential buyers vying for the opportunity to own elite genetics backed by great service by bidding on the 120 bulls, and 294 bred heifers.
COVER CROPS AND LEGUMES PROVIDE QUALITY ALTERNATIVES
Managing forage systems is a vital part of most beef operations. High feed and fuel costs coupled with the lack of experienced labor continue to push the envelope for operations looking to save dollars and maintain profitability.
ENERGY-DENSE FORAGES BENEFICIAL FOR WINTER GRAZING
Some forage species are more energy-dense than others, containing higher levels of sugars. Beef producers around the world have been utilizing some of these species in grass-fed beef production, using forages instead of grain for finishing beef animals. Some of these forages can also be beneficial in a fall/winter grazing program.
BBU CONVENTION HELD IN GALVESTON, TEXAS
The 55th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention - "Island Time for Beefmasters" was hosted in Galveston, Texas at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, from October 29 - 31, 2015.
CYCLES OF LIFE INFLUENCE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
As creatures of habit, our lives follow patterns.
FOUNDATION LIMOUSIN SALE HELD IN BOWLING GREEN
The Foundation Sale held on October 3, 2015 at the United Producers Sale Facility in Bowling Green, Ky., drew a great crowd of people to the inaugural sale hosted by the ACH Holdings; Stephen, Emily and Carter Haynes.
IT'S THE PITTS -- BALD, BLIND & BLOODY
I'm glad to see that men are growing more beards, mustaches and sideburns because growing facial hair is one one the few things left in this world that women can't do. At least most women.
WHAT DO NEW FEED DIRECTIVES MEAN FOR PRODUCERS?
As most livestock producers are aware, the use of antibiotics in the feeding and production of food animals has been under constant scrutiny for several years.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- GRACKLED
More ammo! screamed Aunt Pinky when she heard Hooter and Cousin Charlie come up behind her.
NORTH CAROLINA FALL HARVEST SALE AVERAGES $4,285
The North Carolina Simmental Association hosts one of the longest running state sales in the breed. Friday night's membership meeting showcases member's achievements and raises funds for the coming year. Saturday's Fall Harvest sale showcases the outstanding genetics of the North Carolina Simmental members. This year the offering was made almost completely of NC members, expect for a few long time out of state consignors.
PANELISTS SHARE ADVICE ON MANAGING FEEDING RISKS
Risk in cattle feeding skyrocketed with costs and prices in recent years. Still volatile but not bullish, the market demands greater risk management than ever, according to panelists at the August Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) at La Vista, Neb., and Garden City, Kansas.
COW HERD EFFICIENCY LEADS TO PROFITABILITY
Improvement of the economic position of the farm or ranch is an ongoing process for many commercial cow-calf producers. Profitability may be enhanced by increasing the volume of production (i.e. the pounds of calves you market) and/or the value of products you sell (improving quality).