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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REZNICEK NAMED PRESIDENT OF TOWN CREEK FARM BRANGUS
Town Creek Farm owner, Milton O. Sundbeck, announced he has named Joy Reznicek as the farm's president, effective June 1, 2014.
IT'S THE PITTS -- ROUND MOUNDS OF SOUND
Many of the great cattle auctioneers and ring men of yesteryear were fully figured" men. Most of the road agents today seem to be in better shape but a lot of the men I traveled with were well marbled big men with booming voices and little chance of ever becoming thoroughbred jockeys.
DEBTER HEREFORD HOSTS GENETIC VALUE SALE
Buyers from 10 states purchased 92 lots in Debter's Genetic Value Female Sale on May 24, 2014, Horton, Ala.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- PLANNING FROM MARKET HEIGHTS
Returns beyond cash costs per cow are estimated to be at unprecedented levels this year, nearly $350 (basis Southern Plains), according to data from the Livestock marketing Information Center (LMIC). That's more than double the previous high in 2004.
PRODUCERS SHOULD IDENTIFY HERD'S GENETIC POTENTIAL
Cattlemen commonly talk about their genetics. Many producers invest large amounts of time, energy and money in the selection of animals that have the right genetics to meet their production goals.
THE SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA IS COMMITTED TO BUILDING A BRAND
We have all enjoyed a good western. Who hasn't spent the day watching the John Wayne movie marathons or even more recently, Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones in Lonesome Dove, battling the elements and the Indians to acquire more rangeland for their herds? The history of the American rancher moving west has been chronicled time and time again through movies, books and television. In those accounts, all the action was out west, and the cowboys usually came out on top. But, the modern day version of that story is very different, as demonstrated at a recent media day event hosted by the Seminole Tribe of Florida on their Brighton reservation.
7P MATURE COWHERD DISPERSAL HELD MAY 24, 2014 AT THE RANCH
The 7P Mature Cowherd Dispersal was held May 24, 2014 at the ranch in Tyler, Texas.
SEEDSTOCK PLUS HOSTS TENNESSEE BULL SALE
The fifth annual Seedstock Plus Tennessee Bull Sale was a successful event with the commitment to commercial producers being rewarded.
ABBA SPRING SELECT SALE HELD IN OPELOUSAS, LOUISIANA
The American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) sponsored Spring Select Sale featured fifty-eight lots of elite Registered Brahmans that grossed $264,250 and averaged $4,556 per head.
LAMUNECA HOSTS FIELD DAY ON MAY 3
The Rio Grande Valley Brahman and F-1 and the South Texas Brahman Associations recently combined their efforts on May 3rd and had a combined field day at La Muneca Ranch.
ABBA FIELD DAY PROMOTES BRAHMAN INFLUENCE CROSSBREEDING
The American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) offered educational and networking opportunities at their Four State F1 Field Day held at the Joplin Regional Stockyards on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
JLS INTERNATIONAL WINNING TRADITION SALE AVERAGES $5,634
JLS International hosted their annual Winning Tradition XII Sale May 3, 2014, at the ranch in Devine, Texas.
IT'S THE PITTS -- NEXT
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GOOD MINERAL PROGRAM IMPORTANT FOR BULLS TOO
Most cattle producers will tell you they have some type of mineral program. This might range from a white salt block and a yellow salt block on to a full blown, custom-designed mineral with all the bells and whistles and then some.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- CENSUS HINTS AT STRUCTURAL CHANGES TO COW-CALF BUSINESS
If Mom Nature continues to cooperate, there's reason to believe the nation's beef cow inventory could finally eke out a gain this year.