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Iowa Cattle on Feed Report

January 8th, 2014
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The recently released Dcattle on feed iowaecember 1 cattle on feed report told us about what we expected – cattle numbers nationwide are down. Specifically, cattle on feed in yards with capacity of 1,000 head or more was 10.7 million head, 5 percent below the 2012 inventory and the second lowest inventory for December 1 since the series began in 1996.

But the interesting and exciting report is what happened in Iowa. Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter in Iowa for all feedlots totaled 1,335,000, up 6 percent from November 1, 2013 and up 5 percent from December 1, 2012. Feedlots with capacity greater than 1,000 head was up 3 percent from last month but unchanged from last year. But the real news came from feedlots with less than 1,000 head. They reported 725,000 head on feed, up 8 percent from last month and up 10 percent from last year, with November placements up 12 percent from last year!

What’s this mean for Iowa? One is that cattle feeders are seeing the true advantage to our feed cost and availability, and another is that the expansion we saw in hoop and monoslope buildings in the last year or two are filled with cattle. But the biggest impact is that young producers are getting back to the farm via cattle production, and that means money for the local economy, kids to fill the schools and young families for our communities!

If you are interested in the Iowa Cattle on Feed report see here.

Feedlot Operations, Uncategorized ,

New Year’s Resolutions

December 30th, 2013
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Have you thought through your resolutions for 2014? As usual, mine is to attempt to lose weight and keep up on my bookwork, again. We usually tend to think about what we personally plan to do, but seldom think about what our contribution to our beef industry should be for the next year. Dr. Glen Grimes from Ohio has a few good suggestions to consider for the beef industry in 2014. How can you contribute to our industry on these five resolutions?

Economics & Markets, Uncategorized

We Need To Hear From YOU!!

December 12th, 2013

Each year Extension specialists in Iowa receive questions about cash rental rates for buildings used for livestock production and storage of crops and machinery. Landowners and tenants would benefit from knowing what typical rental rates are for various structures and facilities when developing farm lease agreements. We would like your help with a new survey being carried out by Extension farm management specialists in the north central region of the U.S.

If you are renting livestock facilities, storage structures or rural housing from an owner, or own such facilities and are renting them to farm operators, please take a few minutes to complete our on-line survey by going to the following link: Farm Building Lease Survey. The questionnaire is structured so that you can branch directly to the questions that relate to the particular type of building for which you have rental information. It should take only a few minutes to answer. Your name will not be connected to the information provided in any way. Results of the survey will be posted at We would like to complete the survey by December 31.

Thank you very much for your assistance.

William Edwards
Extension Farm Management Specialist (retired)
Iowa State University

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Silage Molds

November 5th, 2013

Thought this was in interesting article on distinguishing different molds on silage.

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Beef Facilities Conference

October 4th, 2013

A one-day “monoslopebarnBeef Facilities Conference” will be held Nov. 21 to share current research findings and discuss building management and cattle performance. The conference, a cooperative effort of ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, South Dakota State University (SDSU), USDA Agricultural Research Service and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will be held at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“The purpose of the conference is two-fold,” said Doran. “Morning sessions feature environmental research with these facilities; afternoon sessions focus on building management and cattle performance.”

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