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Pratt Livestock Auction (Thu & Fri)

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Farmers & Ranchers Livestock - Salina (Fri)

Winter Livestock Auction - Dodge City (Wed & Thu)

Kansas Direct Feeder Cattle Summary (Fri)

Winter Livestock Wtd Avg Report - Dodge City (Thu)

Pratt Livestock Special Wtd Avg Report (Seasonal Oct-Nov) (Mon)

Pratt Livestock Wtd Avg Report (Fri)

Farmers & Ranchers Livestock Wtd Avg - Salina (Fri)

Farmers & Ranchers Bred Cow Sale (Oct-May) (Wed)

Farmers & Ranchers Special Wtd Avg Report (Seasonal Oct-Nov) (Tue)

Kansas Combined Wtd Avg Report (Mon)

Estimated Receipts - Winter, Pratt, Salina & Junction City


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 market. ...more

 

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BLACK INK -- THE ROAD TO GREATNESS
Maybe you're just starting out in the cattle business, or maybe you've been in it for decades and thought you'd seen it all by now. Either way, this is an exciting time when you can be sure of great risk and, potentially, great rewards.
SALACOA VALLEY BRANGUS BULLS AVERAGE $6,274
Cool temperatures and beginning spring grass greeted a nice crowd of Brangus enthusiasts at the Salacoa Valley Farms Customer Appreciation Sale.
IT'S THE PITTS -- COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
I've read that many writers have a hard time letting themselves be happy. I don't know if it's the actual writing that causes depression, or if depressed people are just drawn to the job.
DOES MINIMIZING PRODUCTION COSTS ALWAYS MAKE SENSE?
Beef production costs center largely around the three F's – Feed, Fertilizer and Fuel. The costs of all three of these commodities are generally volatile and it's doubtful this will ever change.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- STICK IT IN THE CURVE
“What do you mean she just disappeared?” Vernon Caterwauller repeated into the phone. His face turned a paler shade of bleached chalk.
FOUR STATES CLASSIC SPRING TURNOUT SALE HELD MARCH 7
A break in the harsh winter weather and the opportunity to purchase strictly choice, graded replacement stock cows and bulls packed the bleachers at the Four States Spring turn out sale Saturday, March 7th.
TAKE PREVENTATIVE STEPS TO AVOID GRASS TETANY
For the last 20 something years, it never fails that at different times of the year certain topics become of greater concern. In the spring, these largely focus on two things: bloat and grass tetany.
DEEP SOUTH STOCKER CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN ALABAMA
Alabama will host the seventh annual Deep South Stocker Conference Aug. 6-7 in Montgomery, Alabama. The conference is targeting cattle producers in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.
IT'S THE PITTS -- WHERE'D EVERYBODY GO?
I don't get out much these days and the other day I went to the auction market for the first time in a long time. At least I thought it was the same auction market.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- NEED GROWS FOR INCREASED COW EFFICIENCY
“Anytime the matter of cow efficiency becomes overwhelmingly complex, we should revert to the basics.” That's a statement made by the late Bob Totusek, an animal science icon at Oklahoma State University.
RESEARCHERS REVOLUTIONIZE FERAL HOG CONTROL
For decades, farmers, ranchers and land managers across the United States have fought a losing war against feral hogs. This invasive animal acts similarly to a harmful virus in the human body.
IT'S THE PITTS -- THEN AND NOW
I'm starting to feel older than dirt. And I swear there is soil in our garden that I knew when it was rocks. Oh, how a few decades can change your outlook on life.
ENHANCE CALF PERFORMANCE THROUGH STRATEGIC MATERNAL NUTRITION
In Part 1 of this series we began discussing the effects that the nutrition of the pregnant cow pre-calving can have direct effects on how well the resulting calf performs throughout its life.
BLACK INK -- WE CAN COOK, AND WE LOVE BEEF
A decade ago I was in college and heard the same sad story over and over: young people just didn't know how to cook, and that was sure to spell disaster for beef demand.
YON FAMILY FARMS HOSTS 25TH ANNUAL BULL SALE
The 25th Anniversary Sale went off without a hitch – no snow, sleet, ice, rain or earthquakes and for that we are thankful.

Kansas Cattle Links

Ag Universities

Associations - Livestock

Cattle*: Texas Longhorn

Equipment

Feedlots-Backgrounders

Government Agencies

Livestock*: Sheep: Breeds: Katahdin: Breeders

Livestock*: Sheep: Breeds: Miniature Sheep

Livestock*: Sheep: Club Lambs

Real Estate

Research - Extension Services

Transportation

Cattle*: Angus

Cattle*: Charolais

Cattle*: Simmental

Feedlots-Backgrounders

Livestock*: Goats: Breeds: Angora: Breeders

Livestock*: Goats: Breeds: Dairy Goats: Clubs and Associations

Livestock*: Goats: Breeds: LaMancha: Breeders

Livestock*: Goats: Breeds: Nubian: Breeders

Livestock*: Services

Livestock*: Sheep: Club Lambs

Cattle*: Gelbvieh

Cattle*: Hereford

Cattle*: Miniature

Cattle*: Romagnola

Equipment: Supplies and Equipment

Feedlots-Backgrounders

Hay, Feeds, Minerals, Supplements

Horses*: Boarding Stables

Horses*: Services

Livestock*: Associations

Livestock*: Swine

Publications - Resources - Media

Real Estate: Farm Real Estate

Real Estate: Farm Real Estate: North America: United States

Stockyards and Sale Barns


Equipment: Farm and Ranch Equipment

Equipment: Supplies and Equipment

Horses*: Breeds: Appaloosa

Livestock*: Services

Travel & Vacations

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Livestock*: Swine

Real Estate

 


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