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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NUTRITION OF REPLACEMENTS KEY TO PRODUCTIVITY
The replacement heifer is the foundation of a productive cowherd, and it is important to give her the best chance at having a long and productive life in the herd.
THE BRAHMAN F1 WORKS WELL FOR SOUTHERN PRODUCERS
Across the United States, the makeup of commercial cow herds varies to fit various environments. In the South, increased heat and humidity require cattle that are able to perform in these conditions.
IT'S THE PITTS -- LITTLE CHUCK
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MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND JUNIOR BRAHMAN SHOW
Don't miss the largest family event in the Brahman breed July 6-11, 2015, at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Ark.
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It has only been recently that much of the cattleman's concerns focused on drought and widespread lack of moisture needed to grow pastures and forages. These conditions remain in many parts of the country. However, other areas including widespread parts of the southern US have enjoyed substantial if not excessive rainfalls over recent weeks and months. While this greatly improves forage growing conditions in these areas, a host of other problems develop with the high, sustained moisture levels.
GENETRUST AT CAVENDER'S NECHES RIVER RANCH SALE HELD APRIL 25
An enthusiastic crowd full of familiar faces, as well as breeders new to the Brangus breed, filled the sale pavilion at Cavender's Neches River Ranch to appraise a tremendously youthful offering of registered and commercial Brangus females.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- P.R. AND OTHER HORRORS
Anyone who knows G.W. understands that he would rather use a toothbrush to scrub the inside of a squeeze chutein subzero weatherthan have anyone entertain the possibility that he's not taking care of business.
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Large year-over-year increases in U.S. chicken and pork production have been a theme across all meat and poultry markets, and rightly so. Those increases, compounded by lackluster exports, have dropped wholesale pork and chicken prices dramatically, say analysts with the Livestock marketing Information Center (LMIC), in the organization's recent Livestock Monitor.
NEVER TOO SOON TO PLAN FOR HAY AND PASTURE NEEDS
For many producers the last four or five years have been particularly challenging, especially when it came to providing for the forage needs of the cow herd.
IT'S THE PITTS -- NOW WHAT DO I DO?
I hope I never have to retire because, quite frankly, I'm not very good at it. My friends can't understand why I don't want to retire while I can't understand why they worked their entire lives doing something they can't wait to quit.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- ELEPHANT LESSONS
If you ever wondered how important it is for cattle producers to take seriously even the most preposterous allegations levied by activist groups, consider the long winding road involving circus elephants.
PRODUCERS MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER CREEP FEEDING
Creep feeding, like so many management practices, has been around for a long time. In the current cattle markets, with the value of calves at all-time highs, producing the extra pounds of beef can pay substantial dividends.
PRECONDITION FOR PERFORMANCE, QUALITY AND CASH
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HIGH DEMAND FOR REPLACEMENTS AT ABBA NATIONAL F1 SALE
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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.