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Extending the grazing season can help reduce production costs for cattle.

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Back in April when I wrote my last article, feed costs were at all-time record highs and – thankfully – live cattle were fetching unprecedented prices.

Since that time, we have seen a slight increase in feed prices while cash cattle have fallen steadily.

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Hay is one of the most common and expensive winter feedstuffs to produce in most regions of the country.

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A part of our responsibility as food producers is ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of our product – beef.

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Health consciousness is an ever-increasing concern – in the political, environmental, social and personal health arenas.

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Due to the reduced (and further shrinking) U.S. beef cow inventory, prices for cull cows (also referred to in a more consumer-friendly manner as “market” cows) have been extraordinary over the past few years.

It’s remarkable to see utility slaughter cows selling today for $70 per hundredweight (cwt). Over the past two years, they have consistently sold for around $60 per cwt.

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