Texas Agriculture December 2, 2016 : Page 24

Raising the right calf to capture premium market prices Although cattle prices have come down from historic highs, there are still ways for ranchers to capture more dollars for their calves by adding value at the ranch. Dr. Dan Hale, AgriLife Extension meat specialist, discussed carcass val-ue and what cattle order buyers are looking for. He said there could be as many as nine order buyers at an auc-tion ring looking to fill specific orders. “What are those buyers looking at inside the auction ring?” Hale said. “They are looking at how fast those calves are going to gain once they leave the livestock market auction.” He said it’s important to get as many buyers in attendance to bid on your cattle to fill their orders. “You do that by making sure your calves you are marketing fit their or-ders,” he said. D ECEMBER 2 , 2016 Hale said the buyers are given or-ders every week before they go to the auction and may have as many as 20 orders to fill. “If your calves fit at least one or two orders that each of the bidders pres-ent needs to fill, then your cattle will potentially receive higher prices and maybe the top price of the day,” he said. “They are looking at frame size, the size of the animal and how large they are going to get before they start to get fat.” Hale said the longer you can feed those animals before they start get-ting into the rapid fattening phase of their life, and the more muscular they are, the faster they grow. “The order buyer is looking at see-ing how long they will they grow in the feedyard or on grass before they start getting really fat,” he said. “This is also why lighter-weight calves of-ten bring higher prices per hundred-weight, as lighter cattle will be able to spend more time as a stocker calf and as a feeder calf before they be-come finished in the feedyard. “They also look at genetic makeup of the animal, and estimate the final USDA quality grade—USDA prime, choice or select—once the calf has gone through the feedyard and is a finished market animal.” Hale said order buyers are also looking at gender. He said heifers start the fattening phase of their lives much sooner than steers and that’s the reason prices paid for them are often less than comparable steers. Hale said ranchers should con-sider adding value to their calves by implementing programs such as the VAC 45 program, also known as the Value Added Calf program. That’s where calves are weaned 45 days be-fore they are sold. They also receive two sets of booster vaccines to en-hance their immunity to disease and sickness. The buyers of VAC 45 calves find them to more easily attain their ge-netic potential, have an enhanced im-mune system, are more predictable in their feedyard performance and reduce the use of antibiotics. “There are practices that can add value to your calves, whether it’s sticking an ear tag in their ear, put-ting a notch in the ear, blackleg vac-cination or castrating bull calves at a young age. All of this adds value to those calves and you will be compen-sated when you market those calves,” Dr. Joe Paschal, Extension livestock specialist, said. Save up to 30 percent on industrial supplies with Grainger By Shala Watson Staff Writer The water line needs fixing. Fences need mending. And tools need replac-ing. The list of tasks around the farm, ranch, business and home can pile up fast. And you need the supplies to get the job done. Grainger can help provide the sup-plies Farm Bureau members need at a 10 percent discount or more. And 99 percent of in-stock items arrive the next day with free shipping on stan-dard orders. Grainger offers nearly one million products, including electrical, lighting, cleaning supplies, painting supplies, pumps, plumbing and many more. Grainger carries a complete line of products for commercial and residen-tial plumbing. Grainger has drains, faucets, water heaters, pipes and hoses from brands you can trust. Electrical equipment is vital to ev-ery job site, from construction crews to building maintenance. And Grainger offers electrical wiring, plugs, switches and hard-to-find supplies. Grainger can also help with yard maintenance. Landscaping tools, in-cluding chainsaws, hedge trimmers, pruners, blowers, mowers and trim-mers, are available. They offer a variety of coating, prim-ers, paint sprayers and brushes for any size painting project, from an industri-al building to a quick touch-up. Grainger also offers many prod-ucts—from commercial janitorial sup-plies to cleaning products—to keep your facility looking its best. Texas Farm Bureau members re-ceive a minimum of 10 percent off the base catalog price with additional selected items discounted up to 30 percent. Use the member discount ac-count number 852881176 for purchas-es online at www.grainger.com or via the Farm Bureau dedicated toll-free number 877-620-2852. Discounts can also be applied at a local branch. 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Raising the Right Calf to Capture Premium Market Prices

Although cattle prices have come down from historic highs, there are still ways for ranchers to capture more dollars for their calves by adding value at the ranch.

Dr. Dan Hale, AgriLife Extension meat specialist, discussed carcass value and what cattle order buyers are looking for. He said there could be as many as nine order buyers at an auction ring looking to fill specific orders.

“What are those buyers looking at inside the auction ring?” Hale said. “They are looking at how fast those calves are going to gain once they leave the livestock market auction.”

He said it’s important to get as many buyers in attendance to bid on your cattle to fill their orders.

“You do that by making sure your calves you are marketing fit their orders,” he said.

Hale said the buyers are given orders every week before they go to the auction and may have as many as 20 orders to fill.

“If your calves fit at least one or two orders that each of the bidders present needs to fill, then your cattle will potentially receive higher prices and maybe the top price of the day,” he said. “They are looking at frame size, the size of the animal and how large they are going to get before they start to get fat.”

Hale said the longer you can feed those animals before they start getting into the rapid fattening phase of their life, and the more muscular they are, the faster they grow.

“The order buyer is looking at seeing how long they will they grow in the feedyard or on grass before they start getting really fat,” he said. “This is also why lighter-weight calves often bring higher prices per hundredweight, as lighter cattle will be able to spend more time as a stocker calf and as a feeder calf before they become finished in the feedyard.

“They also look at genetic makeup of the animal, and estimate the final USDA quality grade—USDA prime, choice or select—once the calf has gone through the feedyard and is a finished market animal.”

Hale said order buyers are also looking at gender. He said heifers start the fattening phase of their lives much sooner than steers and that’s the reason prices paid for them are often less than comparable steers.

Hale said ranchers should consider adding value to their calves by implementing programs such as the VAC 45 program, also known as the Value Added Calf program. That’s where calves are weaned 45 days before they are sold. They also receive two sets of booster vaccines to enhance their immunity to disease and sickness.

The buyers of VAC 45 calves find them to more easily attain their genetic potential, have an enhanced immune system, are more predictable in their feedyard performance and reduce the use of antibiotics.

“There are practices that can add value to your calves, whether it’s sticking an ear tag in their ear, putting a notch in the ear, blackleg vaccination or castrating bull calves at a young age. All of this adds value to those calves and you will be compensated when you market those calves,” Dr. Joe Paschal, Extension livestock specialist, said.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Raising+the+Right+Calf+to+Capture+Premium+Market+Prices/2653529/363631/article.html.

Save Up to 30 Percent on Industrial Supplies with Grainger

Shala Watson

The water line needs fixing. Fences need mending. And tools need replacing.

The list of tasks around the farm, ranch, business and home can pile up fast. And you need the supplies to get the job done.

Grainger can help provide the supplies Farm Bureau members need at a 10 percent discount or more. And 99 percent of in-stock items arrive the next day with free shipping on standard orders.

Grainger offers nearly one million products, including electrical, lighting, cleaning supplies, painting supplies, pumps, plumbing and many more.

Grainger carries a complete line of products for commercial and residential plumbing. Grainger has drains, faucets, water heaters, pipes and hoses from brands you can trust.

Electrical equipment is vital to every job site, from construction crews to building maintenance. And Grainger offers electrical wiring, plugs, switches and hard-to-find supplies.

Grainger can also help with yard maintenance. Landscaping tools, including chainsaws, hedge trimmers, pruners, blowers, mowers and trimmers, are available.

They offer a variety of coating, primers, paint sprayers and brushes for any size painting project, from an industrial building to a quick touch-up.

Grainger also offers many products—from commercial janitorial supplies to cleaning products—to keep your facility looking its best.

Texas Farm Bureau members receive a minimum of 10 percent off the base catalog price with additional selected items discounted up to 30 percent. Use the member discount account number 852881176 for purchases online at www.grainger.com or via the Farm Bureau dedicated toll-free number 877-620-2852. Discounts can also be applied at a local branch.

Online and toll-free calls also receive free next-day shipping on standard orders.

Grainger’s product availability, next-day free delivery on standard orders and catalog pricing discounts add up for a win-win-win for Farm Bureau members.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Save+Up+to+30+Percent+on+Industrial+Supplies+with+Grainger/2653530/363631/article.html.

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