CattleFax CEO Randy Blach presented on several subjects over this past weekend to producers attending the Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth. Ron Hays, director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, caught up with Blach after his presentation to ask about some of the highlights of his … Read More

Raised-without-antibiotics (RWA) programs for cattle production have become increasingly popular with consumers. However, when an animal in one of these programs needs antibiotic treatment for an illness or injury, they typically cannot stay in this type of marketing program. “As this segment of the cattle industry develops, producers and processors … Read More

For the week ending March 24, 2018, most Texas feeder cattle auctions reported prices steady to $3.00 lower. Texas Weekly Direct reported prices $2.00 to $5.00 lower. Trade was fairly active on good demand. Supply consisted of 57 percent steers and 43 percent heifers. Fed cattle cash prices traded $2.00 … Read More

Sorghum fields have been planted in much of the state, but lack of soil moisture could be problematic for areas yet to be planted, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Ronnie Schnell, AgriLife Extension cropping systems specialist, College Station, said sorghum planting is complete or well underway … Read More

What does or doesn’t happen next month will be important in determining whether or not a new farm bill can be passed this year, according to Sen. Pat Roberts, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, ranking member. -Agri-Pulse Daily Voice March 27 audio podcast … Read More

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has announced the first funding application deadline of April 20, 2018, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications are taken year around for NRCS programs, but deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible conservation projects. Producers interested in signing … Read More

Routine evaluation of the health status of cattle is important to ensure that your animals are comfortable and productive. Visual appraisal of body condition scores (BCS), fly stress, and signs & symptoms of sickness are easily observed as you walk through pastures or move cattle through your working facilities on … Read More

Oklahoma State University’s Agricultural Economics Department released the summary report of the March 2018 edition of the Food Demand Survey (FooDS) this week. According to the report, consumers still believe growth hormones are part of all livestock care with the goal of promoting growth and muscle development. -Oklahoma Farm … Read More

The feeders’ ability to hold steady or gain in the market may not come until mid-April. Brad Hulett, marketing representative for Consolidated Beef Producers, takes a look at futures, live markets and what carcass weights could do to both. -Drovers CattleNetwork Read more…

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research dryland wheat variety nursery near Bushland is being monitored weekly by drone flights, offering wheat breeders a chance to see changes on a more real-time basis. Dr. Jackie Rudd, AgriLife Research wheat breeder in Amarillo, said the dryland wheat variety nursery typically has varieties yielding … Read More