Growing stocker cattle on pasture is an intermediate growing phase within the beef production system. Steers or heifers (stockers) grazed on pasture are generally a low cost way of growing light-weight cattle, 300 to 500 pounds, into feeder cattle weighing 750 to 800 pounds. Profitable stocker production requires that the producer understands the factors that impact efficient, low-cost weight gain. The three main factors that determine profitability are: price received when selling the cattle, cost of cattle, and cost of gain. For brevity’s sake we’ll focus on the cost of gain.
They still represent a tiny share of the overall beef market, but the number of grass fed cattle producers has been steadily increasing. One of the reasons consumer demand for grass fed beef has been growing has been the nutritional component; on its web site, the American Grass fed Association boasts, “Meat, dairy products, poultry and eggs from animals fed grass diets, rather than grain-based diets, are higher in beta carotene (Vitamin A), conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and Omega-3 fatty acids.”
The 2009-2010 Midland Bull Test has 1100 bulls on test, comprised of 12 breeds. The top performing bulls of each breed will sell April 7-9, 2010 at the bull test station, Columbus, Mont. On Wednesday, April 7th we will sell Salers, Gelbvieh, Charolais and Simmental. Red Angus, South Devon, Murray Grey, Hereford and Braunvieh bulls will sell on Thursday, April 8th. All Angus bulls will then sell on Friday, April 9th.
The 2009-10 Midland Bull Test is coming to a close and the sales are approaching quickly, being on April 7th, 8th, and 9th. The top 70 to 80% of each breed will be selling at the Midland Bull Test Sale facilities. We are very excited about the set of bulls selling this year with high quality are numerous herd bull prospects selling in each and every breed represented. There are video clips of each sale bull on our website, www.midlandbulltest.com, available for your viewing. The sales will also be broadcast live over Frontier Stockyards. This news release is highlighting the RFI test results on the second group of bulls that went through the trial this year. The results have been exciting to say the least.
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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Louisiana junior members earned honors at the 2010 LSU Junior Heifer Show &Showmanship in Baton Rouge, La. on Feb. 18.
Changes are coming to America’s cattle ranches. Operators and their employees will have new technology at their fingertips, and will require a new set of skills to employ it; the operators themselves will be changing, as will the sizes of their enterprises. And they’ll be less independent than they’ve been in the past.