Livestock Market

Cover Story: Sexing Technologies,Sexing Semen: It's a New Era

Sex sorted semen has been a part of the dairy industry’s A.I. arsenal for more than a decade and is now making inroads into the beef industry as producers realize its ability to help maximize profits, minimize the variables that cause financial loss and improve the sustainability of their herds. Traditional knocks against sexed semen were that it cost more per straw than conventional semen and produced lower conception rates. But innovations developed by Texas-based Sexing Technologies are closing the price gap between sexed and conventional semen while minimizing the gap in conception rates as well.

TMR Corner:Evaluating TMR mixer performance: testing mix uniformity

As previously stated “the objective of feeding a total mixed ration (TMR) is to provide a consistently uniform mix, with the intended ingredient and nutrient composition, across the entire length of the feedbunk with every batch.” And while a number of factors such as ingredient variability and moisture content, consistency of mixing procedures, operator error, and weighing system variability contribute to batch-to-batch variation, it is the characteristics of the mixer itself that essentially control within batch variation, and uniformity across the feedbunk. In this article we will discuss TMR mixer characteristics that affect mix uniformity and a sieving technique that can be used to evaluate it and make adjustments to improve animal performance.

Beef Industry Sustainability

Sustainability is a word we hear a lot in the beef industry these days. Some of the nation’s largest buyers of beef are heavily focused on the topic right now and I don’t think it’s a topic that will go away any time soon. You’ve no doubt heard McDonald’s plan to source verified sustainable beef by 2016. Walmart is also developing plans to ensure the sustainability of its beef supply chain.

The Road to Sold: Steffes Auctioneers Inc.

While SOLD is the final word at an auction conducted by Steffes Auctioneers, the road to getting to SOLD is a team endeavor and encompasses much more.  At Steffes, we say what we do and do what we say.
Steffes Auctioneers Inc.

Cagle Enterprises

Auction/cattle exchange.

Northern Livestock Video Auction

Northern Livestock Video Auction is designed for the “Northern” cattle producer. National demand for outstanding, genetically strong, premium feeder cattle has these Northern cattle in the limelight. This is where you come in and that’s why these sales were designed.

Dublin Livestock Auction

Livestock Auctions

Rock Valley Hay Auction

Rock Valley Hay Auction has been selling hay and straw for over 60 years. We sell on average 4000 loads annually. Let our experience in hay and straw marketing work for you. Auctions every Monday & Thursday @ 12:30p.m. Monday auctions are held November through April.

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