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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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TEXAS A&M BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE HELD
More than 1,500 beef cattle producers from across Texas and abroad gathered at Texas A&M University in College Station for the 60th Beef Cattle Short Course to learn more about cattle production and maximizing profits during times of record prices.
PREVENTING HEAT STRESS IN CATTLE PRIORITY FOR SUMMER
Summer is here and so is the heat. While animal owners are sure to give pets plenty of water and shade, it is just as important for ranchers to have enough water and shade for cattle and other grazing animals.
IT'S THE PITTS -- NO ONE DIED TODAY
He is an Indian Doctor; Indian as in the country, not as in Cherokee, Crow or Choctaw. Although he'd much prefer that you call him an American Doctor because he was born in this country and has never owed his allegiance to anywhere else on earth but the good old USA.
IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO PLAN FOR FEEDING SEASON
Cattlemen are constantly faced with a list of decisions they have to make. At this point most of them focus on how they will manage and care for their herd over the next few months primarily winter.
OPTIMISM IN AIR AT BEEF CHECKOFF MEETINGS
Strong cattle and beef prices, tremendous results from a return-on-investment study, an industry forecast ripe with opportunity, and an engaged community of beef producers and importers combined to create an air of optimism and opportunity at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference July 31-Aug. 2 in Denver -- all despite the realities of an ever-shrinking beef checkoff budget.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- SLOW EXPANSION-RECORD RETURNS
Some cow-calf producers are facing a planning challenge they've never faced before: what to do with significantly more net return than the wildest imagination could have conceived.
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE GREEN GAME
My Grandpa wanted me to be a lawyer because as a child I was argumentative and always on the lookout for an easy buck.
SOUTHEASTERN STATES BAND TOGETHER TO TACKLE ISSUES
One small voice can easily be ignored. When that sound is amplified with more than 50,000 other voices, a powerful alliance demands attention. Ten years ago, several state cattlemen's leaders noticed a need for a unified front and developed the Southeastern Livestock Network (SLN).
DESTINY ANGUS FARM SALE AVERAGES $4,123
The Destiny Angus Farm Sale was held May 24, 2014 in Columbia, Tennessee.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- PHOENIX FLUTTERS
So, why's she here?" Hooter asked Sherry as he studied the slumbering carcass that was Eunice Nicklecock.
PRODUCER'S SHOULD FOCUS ON MAXIMIZING GENETIC POTENTIAL
Genetic potential. In the cattle industry we talk about this in some manner all the time. Any observable or measurable trait or performance parameter that is ultimately controlled by the animal's genetics is of concern to the producer. In most cases this is especially true of those traits which directly affect profitability.
SOUTHERN CATTLE CO. BRANGUS & COMMERCIAL SALE HELD JUNE 21
One hundred seventeen buyers from 14 states expressed their approval both in person and on the internet through DV Auctions, of the powerful set of Registered Brangus and commercial females offered by Southern Cattle Company June 21, 2014.
SBBA FIELD DAY TO BE HELD AUGUST 22-23
The Southeast Brangus Breeders Association (SBBA) will be hosting a field day at the Draggin' M Ranch in El Dorado, Ark., Aug. 22-23, 2014. All SBBA and International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) members are encouraged to attend.
SCIENTISTS FIND TICK BITES CAN CAUSE AN ALLERGY TO RED MEAT
Steak lovers beware: scientists have discovered certain tick bites can cause an allergy to red meat.
FIRE ANTS ARE A THREAT TO HUMANS, PETS AND LIVESTOCK
Fire ants are more than aptly named, given the reddish-orange color of their bodies and the painful, burning sting they can give.