Winter Weather Bogs Down Feedlot Activity- Derrell Peel Analyzes Impact on Markets and ProducersFri, 18 Jan 2019 10:29:25 CST
Already winter weather is having an impact on beef cattle and it looks as though more of it coming our way in systems that will soon be rolling through. According to Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, it all adds up over time.
“We’ve had snow in some areas. We’ve had cold rain in other areas. It did affect a significant part of cattle feeding country - so the most immediate impacts will be some delays in production. Cattle will not be making weight as fast in this situation,” Peel reported. “That will actually help support markets in the short run. This will delay some marketings a little bit as we go forward.”
While that might be a bit of good news, it doesn’t come without its consequences. Peel says those delays equate to lost production that really can not be recovered, which in turn raises costs and creates management headaches at the individual level. Those headaches, of course, extend to cow/calf and stocker producers as well.
“Out in the country we have a lot of wet and sloppy conditions that impacting cow/calf and stocker folks,” he said, remarking that in this situation producers should increase both the quantity and quality of their feed for cattle. “Cattle needs go up a lot - their feed requirements pretty drastically. So, producers need to be making sure they are adjusting the quality of rations to make sure (their cattle) can deal with this cold, wet weather.”
Listen to Peel discuss steps producers can take to help their cattle maintain through the worst of the winter season - plus his insights into the current state of the beef market, with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, on today’s Beef Buzz.
The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network and is a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.
WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI
Top Agricultural News