here were 3,000 cattle sold at Kist Livestock in Mandan, N.D., this week. Only 1,800 were on the auction block this time last year.
High cattle prices have ranchers selling earlier than usual.
“It’s just started,” said Matt Lachenmeier, a fieldman at Kist.
In almost five decades of raising cattle, Frank Matejcek hasn’t seen prices as high as they are today.
That’s in part because of a decreasing number of beef cows in parts of the U.S. Matejcek, who runs the Red River Angus farm north of Grand Forks, N.D., with his wife Lucy, notes that cattle are like any other commodity that goes through price cycles.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture - Animal Health Division, in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Health, are advising the public to protect livestock and pets from coming in contact with or swallowing blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria.
North Dakota Department of Agriculture
June 13, 2014
Early discussions of animal breeding and selection always grouped producers into three types: breeder, multiplier and commercial producer.
Generally portrayed as a pyramid, the base represented the large group of commercial producers who are in the business of producing products for the consumer. These producers would obtain breeding stock from the second level within the pyramid.
The loss of known genetics and performance in cattle herds in areas of western South Dakota hit by the winter storm Atlas in October is a big issue, says Ken Olson, South Dakota State University Extension associate professor and beef specialist.
Beef cattle diets, breeding systems, drylot versus pasture cow-calf production, forage digestibility enhancements, grazing and effects of pen bedding were among the topics North Dakota State University researchers studied in the past year.
White Oak Global Advisors will be the new owner of Northern Beef Packers, which filed for bankruptcy in July because it lacked money to buy cattle for slaughter. White Oak’s bid includes $39.5 million in credit and $4.8 million in cash to satisfy prior liens.
Having worked cattle for years and too many sheep to count, one develops a feel for the rogue cow or calf. Maybe it is just a quick look or an intense stare. There also are those animals that you know are not going to have a good cohabitation experience.
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