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November 11, 2013 Agriculture Column


It sure feels a lot like winter today and yesterday, with temperatures in the single digits.  Just think how cold it would feel if we had snow!!!  I wrote this article on Monday as the court house was not open and I did not have access to all of my info it will be a shortened version today.

Are you promoting your feeder calves the best that you can?

Are you implementing a pre-conditioning program on your calves?  If so, are you making sure that potential buyers know what you have invested your time and resources into making sure these calves are ready to transition smoothly to the next phase of beef production?  This means sharing what you have done with potential buyers either with/through your marketing partner or directly with buyers.

If you are not sharing this information, you may be leaving money on the table.

With feeder calf prices as high as they are many buyers see extra benefit in knowing that a group of calves is at lower risk to sickness and morbidity because they have been well prepared, thought a pre-conditioning program,  to make the journey and transition to their next home.  This information may result in higher prices for the calves, but only if it is shared with potential buyers.

Cattle on feed are down approximately 8 percent and calf prices like they are might make for an interesting year to background your calves to a heavier weight.  We certainly have feed prices lower than we have seen for many years.  I would contact Lake Region Livestock before making any decisions as Jim can give you good advice as to what to look for.  I do know that a pre-conditioning program is very beneficial in the market place.


Ranchers Night Out

Ramsey County and surrounding counties, along with Lake Region Livestock, will be hosting a Ranchers Night Out on December 5Th at the Lake Region Livestock barn.  The night will start with supper at 5 pm and a visit from Carl Dahlen and Thomas Hodous will conclude by 7 pm.  Carl will visit with you about things we can use to improve our cow herd management and Thomas will visit with you for 10 minutes of what a balanced ration has down for his cattle herd.  See you on the 10th of December.   

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