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“Value” in feeder calf marketing is a relative term. All calves have some. The trick is to capture your share, said Paul Dykstra at the recent virtual 2020 Feeding Quality Forum. The Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand’s assistant director for supply management and analysis summarized the key concept.

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The maintenance factor for steers and replacement females is a constant mathematical formula with several variables. The biggest final question: When am I going to supplement and what will I use?

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Even though ranching mostly deals with cattle and land, dealing with people – relatives, neighbors, the government – is unavoidable and can be a lot more complicated. During Texas A&M’s virtual Beef Cattle Short Course, three ag lawyers created a presentation to help ranchers get a handle on some common legal issues. The presenters, Tiffany Lashmet, Jim Bradbury and Stephanie Fryer, covered some of the intricacies surrounding landowner liability protection, fence law and succession planning.

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Mating dairy cows to beef sires is only becoming more and more commonplace in the dairy industry. With tight margins, dairy producers need to add more value to low-end calves destined to enter the meat market. The beef industry is responding to this new market and the opportunities it represents. Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) sets one example with their new indexes specifically for Angus sire selection for use on dairy cows.

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For some time now, meat substitutes have been a growing food trend. According to a 2019 A.T. Kearney report, by 2040, only 40% of global meat consumption will still come from conventional meat sources. However, the available data doesn’t necessarily uphold these predictions and claims.

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