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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 market. ...more

 

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DEMAND HIGH AT SALACOA VALLEY FALL SALE
Beautiful fall weather greeted Brangus buyers from 12 states at the Salacoa Valley Farms Fall Bull and Female Sale.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- HIGH-TECH EXTERMINATION
It was the shadow that Hooter noticed first—a roundish dark blob shimmering on the water of the tank he was checking. Then he could make out a rhythmic noise—not quite mechanical but not natural—coming from above.
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE BLUE BOOK
My first experience in commercial agriculture was as a six year old sharecropper when I turned one of my mom's tiny flower beds into a radish ranch. My cash crop consisted of two rows planted way too close together and I waited impatiently for the first green sign that my crop would not fail.
A PRACTICAL UNDERSTANDING OF CHELATED TRACE MINERALS
It's fairly well understood by most producers that minerals have to be supplemented to cattle at all stages of production if they want optimal performance. The different formulations for mineral supplements are as numerous as stars in the sky.
MISSOURI GOVERNOR RECOGNIZES NICK HAMMETT
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri beef industry professional Nick Hammett, from Ashland, Mo., was recognized by Gov. Jay Nixon and Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce at the 46th Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture with the 2015 Missouri Beef Cattle Legacy Award, recognizing him for leadership in Missouri's beef cattle industry.
PASTURE LEGUMES CAN ADD "SOMETHING FOR NOTHING"
Adding Protein and Nitrogen -- We have all been cautioned to be skeptical of the idea of getting “something for nothing.” “If it's too good to be true, it probably is.”
IT'S THE PITTS -- GETTING HAMMERED
The soundtrack of my life has been the chant of an auctioneer.
CREATE MANAGEMENT CALENDAR FOR NEW YEAR
As we wind down 2015 and get ready for 2016 it's always interesting to pull out the crystal ball and take a look at the coming year. We can all agree on one thing, the cattle markets have likely been the topic of many/most coffee shop discussions during 2015.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- LOOKING AHEAD IN THE REARVIEW
Mirrors make for some of the most imprecise crystal balls. Yet, there's little doubt that the easiest identified reflections from last year will loom large in markets throughout 2016.
PREPARE CATTLE FACILITIES FOR WINTER AND BEYOND
In the brief, post-harvest, fall season before daylight grows short and the first frost prevents cattle from grazing in the pasture, farmers and ranchers running cow-calf operations finally have the time and labor available to prepare their facilities for the long winter ahead.
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING LEADS TO OPTIMUM ANIMAL WELL-BEING
When it comes to cattle comfort, small investments can make a big difference.
MAKE MANAGEMENT DECISIONS WITH END GOALS IN MIND
Often when beef cattle producers make management, breeding, or culling decisions, it is with a short term goal in mind. That goal is often improving profits or animal performance.
IT'S THE PITTS -- SANTA'S A SHE
I haven't paid much attention to department store Santas since I was eight years old and I saw a disheveled and sloppy Santa taking a long puff on a cigarette as he got into his putrid green VW bus with curtains.
HOW EXPENSIVE IS "CHEAP" HAY? -- PART 2
This past week I spent time at two different meetings where much of the discussion focused on forage supplies produced this past year and what many producers, particularly in the south, will be feeding this winter. While much of this poor quality forage is the result of excessive and poorly timed moisture/rainfall we also can't ignore the fact that there are still parts of the country that are suffering from extended drought conditions. So we go from the extremes of lots of poor quality forage to simply not much forage at all.
BLACK INK -- INFORMED ROAST BEEF
Sometimes I think I'm an average beef consumer. But then in the grocery store checkout line, as I put my items on the conveyer I realize my purchases rarely contain any meat.

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