In this Issue:
  • Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay
  • 2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates
  • How Many Replacement Heifers Should You Keep at Weaning?
  • Cow-calf Profitability Better than Expected in 2017
  • Holmes County Fall Cattle Forum – November 28
  • Friday Feature: Variable Rate Feeding & a Cow Joke
  • Future Livestock Producers are Developed through Local Livestock Shows
  • Evaluation of Feet & Legs Important for Cattle Longevity
  • Culling Older Cows from the Herd Before Winter
  • September Florida Cattle Market Price Watch
  • Beef Cattle

    Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay

    Two general statements to begin the discussion:

  • Florida grass hay is generally not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of a lactating brood cow.
  • A fall/early winter calving season is a fairly standard practice in Northwest Florida.
  • These two statements imply that most lactating brood cows will be fed hay this winter that is incapable …

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    2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates

    Some of the most challenging conversations, in almost any relationship, are the ones about money.  This is certainly true as farmers and landowners negotiate lease agreements, or managers and workers negotiate salaries for the year ahead. It can be pretty challenging to determine a “fair price” to rent a specific farm, or to set the …

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    How Many Replacement Heifers Should You Keep at Weaning?

    Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

    Each year commercial cow/calf operations must decide how many replacement heifers are grown out to be put in the breeding pasture.  Individual ranches must make the decisions about heifer retention based upon factors that directly affect their bottom-line.  Stocking rates may have changed over time …

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    Cow-calf Profitability Better than Expected in 2017

    Source: Livestock marketing Information Center

    Cattle prices during the fourth quarter of 2017 were significantly stronger than expected. Higher prices caused 2017’s calculated cow-calf return over cash costs plus pasture rent to be revised up. In fact, earlier in 2017, the forecast …

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    Holmes County Fall Cattle Forum – November 28

    Please make plans to join us on November 28th, 2017 for the Holmes County Fall Cattle Forum. The meeting will be held at the Ag Center in Bonifay, FL. A steak dinner will be sponsored by Southern Cattle Company. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by November  22nd  so we can get a head count …

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    Friday Feature: Variable Rate Feeding & a Cow Joke

    This week’s featured video was produced by Growing America’s Chad Etheridge, who came over to Marianna last week to make a video about something I have a real passion about.  This year farmers and ranchers were forced to harvest over-mature, low quality hay because there were very few windows of dry weather this summer.  …

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    Future Livestock Producers are Developed through Local Livestock Shows

     

    Santa Rosa County Extension Agents have worked closely with the Santa Rosa County Fair over the last five years to grow the livestock show. The Santa Rosa County Fair (SRC Fair) is held in April each year, but requires considerable planning throughout the year. The board has many sub-committees that focus on the various …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/27/future-livestock-producers-are-developed-through-local-livestock-shows/

    Evaluation of Feet & Legs Important for Cattle Longevity

    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 a regular basis. There is …

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    Culling Older Cows from the Herd Before Winter

    Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

    Cull cows represent approximately 20% of the gross income of any commercial cow operation.  Cull beef cows represent 10% of the beef that is consumed in the United States.  The most recent Market Cow and Bull Audit” has shown that the beef industry has …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/13/culling-older-cows-from-the-herd-before-winter/

    September Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

    The August 2018 Feeder Cattle futures contract increased by $5.95/cwt. during September. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $47.60/head ($5.95/cwt. * 8.0 cwt.) on an 800-pound feeder steer, which amounts to $2,975.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and price range …

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