With corn prices rising, many cattle producers are looking at ways to put pounds on cattle without paying the high cost of corn.
If cattle prices should fall after the cost of higher inputs of corn, producers could find themselves with a serious problem. What can a producer do to protect themselves from a future drop in cattle prices?
Even though most beef cattle spend at least part of their lives on grass, corn is an established part of the beef industry when finishing the animals for market. It is at this stage of beef production, known as finishing, that the cost of corn is creating a quandary for some producers.
This quandary is the focus of an upcoming seminar, sponsored by the Grassfed Exchange, for cattle producers in Norfolk Sept. 16–17, 2011 at the Northeast Community College Ag Complex. Some of the topics will include:
• Methods for consistent gains on grass
• Genetic expression and the relationship to environmental influences
• Holistic animal health management
• Land and livestock opportunities
Having the ability to custom graze cattle and get consistent gains will give every cattle producer an extra potential source of income. In the current economy, this can make a significant impact to our communities, especially in rural areas.
The Grassfed Exchange—go to www.grassfedexchange.com — was founded in 2009 to promote grass-fed beef. The GFE provides information for both consumers and producers and encourages the exchange of ideas, as well as works towards development of strategies to increase the value of the grass-fed industry.
For more information about the upcoming seminar, visit www.grassfedexchange.com or call Carol Peters at 402-582-4866.