The intro note is short this week: Trent and his wife, Karen, are starting on a new venture with the birth of their son, Silas Arthur. Please feel free to send wishes and notes via Feedback@BeefCast.com.
This week is our local county fair. It is always a highlight of the year for me personally to see so many young people proudly displaying their months of hard work in an agriculture project. But it is also an excellent opportunity for all of us in agriculture to share our story with the public.
As the temperature continues to heat up, it is not only more difficult for you and I to perform but also our cattle. Heat stress is a very serious concern and can rob cattlemen of substantial amounts of revenue. The loses can come in the form of diminished performance in the feedyard or reproductive loses in the pasture.
After a trip to Chicago earlier this week, I am reminded once again how great the distance is between consumers and the farm. While the mileage from downtown Chicago to the nearest farm may not be long, the distance in understanding of consumers and food production is continually growing.
We need to establish education as one of our top priorities and work diligently to close this education gap that exists today. So I challenge each of us to do a little more to help consumers better understand our story of producing their food.
As you probably know the Supreme Court is currently considering the case concerning Roundup Ready Alfalfa. For more insights into the case and potential legal precedent, visit with Roger McEowen, Director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation.
It is good to be in the company of geniuses! According to Chris Hurt, economist at Purdue University, “owning cattle looks like a stroke of genius.” He recently issued his April cattle outlook report with very positive comments focused on the current cattle market trends. After extensive research and analysis Hurt concludes, “it’s great to be able to say, ‘The cattle industry is back.' ”
Recently released and highly anticipated USDA reports illustrated good news for the livestock community, as corn prices continue to trend downward. Hopefully with good weather for the upcoming planting season, feed input prices will remain manageable. I want to broaden our outlook today by taking a look at the beef cattle business climate.
In the last update I sent you, I spoke about the resilience of newborn calves to overcome the many obstacles they face. While that is still impressive, undoubtedly as the calving season rolls on I often encounter at least one calf that enters this world either extremely weak or otherwise unable to jump up and grab a hold of the opportunities of life. This year is no different.
For those of us in the cow-calf segment of the beef industry, this time of year is always exciting. Many of us are in the midst of our Spring calving season.
In spite of the challenges the weather conditions have brought during these early months of the year, it is always amazing to witness the vigor of newborn calves as they plow through a foot of snow. That resilience is certainly something to step back and take notice of. And even mirror in the way that we approach the tasks and hurdles of our daily lives.