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It’s a pretty well recognized fact: if you want grid premiums, your cattle have to be better than average.

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One does need to ask where the grass is. The snow still covers the ground,

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Good stocker operators think about how to make their cattle better for the next segment in the beef business.

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On a weekly basis, I utilize Nebraska feeder cattle auction price data, the current futures market for both live cattle and feeder cattle and the present cost of gain based on current feed prices to project returns to backgrounding various weights of feeder steers and to finishing various weights of feeder steers.

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For those who have not yet negotiated pasture rental rates for this year, Kansas State University (K-State) agricultural economist Kevin Dhuyvetter reminds that there are several factors that landowners and livestock producers should consider as they negotiate rates.

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One of the textbooks I routinely use to answer questions about trace minerals is Minerals in Animal and Human Nutrition by Lee McDowell from the University of Florida.

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