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  • When it's time to rework corrals, try to avoid chutes with overly wide lanes, and fit chute size and weight to cattle size. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Joe Link)

    Ask the Vet

    A lot of chute selection is personal preference. Among other things, chute size and weight must be matched with cattle size.

  • Although the 21st century is built for speed, there was once a time when newspapers believed slower was better. (Public domain photo)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Why USDA abandoning the "lockup" is a cause for concern for producers and speculators.

  • Chandler Lindsley says son Hays Boyd's work researching the best breeds for grass-fed programs brought them to the Murray Greys.(Progressive Farmer photo courtesy of Chandler Lindsley)

    Genetic Flip

    Murray Greys are a cross between a Shorthorn cow and an Aberdeen Angus bull. The breed consistently wins carcass competitions in Australia and it commands premium prices from butchers.

  • Sara Shepherd produces row crops and cattle in a business she never thought she wanted to be a part of. Today she can't imagine doing anything else. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    In the Genes

    Sara Shepherd grows 500 acres of corn and soybeans and a herd of Charolais cattle, which numbers 60, up from the four she started with.

  • Have today's brood cows gotten too big? (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Boyd Kidwell)

    Ask the Vet

    The ideal weight for nursing cows varies, based on various things, such as diet.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was $13 higher on average at $134 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN DDG Weekly Update

    The DTN domestic dried distillers grains prices were higher this past week at an average of $134 per ton for the week ended Aug. 2.

  • Breeding cattle with improved heat tolerance takes a high-tech turn.(Photo courtesy Millertown Senepols)

    Chill With Genomics

    In some areas of the country, the number of days with temperatures higher than 90 degrees is increasing. Engineering cattle DNA to allow more tolerance for heat is in the works.

  • Farmers' markets create opportunities for farmers to market their products, and they allow consumers to put a face to those products.(Progressive Farmer photo by Virginia H. Harris)

    Market Opportunities

    Direct marketing through farmers' markets allows producers to drum up business by showing items to new audiences.

  • Uniform consumption can be a challenge when mineral is used for fly control.(Progressive Farmer photo by Karl Wolfshohl)

    Ask the Vet

    Minerals vary in their palatability, which may lead use of a different mineral.

  • How does President Trump's $12 billion aid package compare to a dog chasing its own tail? (Photo by Lil Shepherd, CC BY 2.0)

    The Market's Fine Print

    While the $12 billion aid package proposed by the White House for farmers affected by tariffs is far from chump change, it represents a drop in the bucket compared with the preservation of long-term global trade, says DTN Livestock Analyst John...

  • These four steps can cut your feed bill without sacrificing body condition.(Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Get Hay Smart

    As spring finally moved into parts of the Midwest, ‌cattle producers had seen prices on some hay supplies increase more than 10 times compared to ‌year-ago levels. A weekly hay auction manager at Dyersville, Iowa, reported even low-quality...

  • Integrated pest management is the key to effective fly control in the beef herd. (Progressive Farmer photo by Victoria G. Myers)

    Ask the Vet

    Question: We use a feed-through fly control in our mineral, but I'm afraid we didn't start it early enough. The flies seem to have gotten ahead of us. What is the best fly control to pair with a feed-through? Answer: Every year is different, and...

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was $1 lower on average at $121 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN DDG Weekly Update

    The DTN domestic dried distillers grains prices were lower this past week at an average of $121 per ton for the week ended July 19.

  • Silage or grazing may be the best options to salvage value out of drought-stressed corn acres. (DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Jim Patrico)

    Corn Challenges

    Corn that did not produce as much nutrition as hoped due to drought condtions can still be useful for feed.

  • Most forages, even in a good year, need a little help to keep cows in top condition.(Progressive Farmer image by Karl Wolfshohl)

    Mineral Basics

    Feed is not just food, sometimes it also needs additional ingredients to make up for what's lacking.