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  • by Steve Musen

    Calving season will be here before we know it. Providing sound management during that time can mean more live calves, which translates to more profit for you.

    It is important to have a short calving period to allow frequent observation and assistance if needed. Some specific things a producer can do to limit calf loss include:

  • by Jeneen Wiche

    Perhaps this can be a reminder of the payoff of “putting up” the garden in spring, summer, and fall: We have extended our homegrown eating pleasure into the winter months with some basic preservation methods. If you froze, dried, canned or otherwise preserved fresh fruits and vegetables in 2016 do not forget about them (or horde them for some unreasonable time). 

  • Jan. 11, 2016

    Cattle Receipts: 635
    Jan. 4: 288
    Last Year: 65

    Compared to last week: With cattle quality good, feeder steers sold $2-$4 higher, heifers steady-$3 higher. Slaughter cows and bulls sold $2-$3 higher.

    Slaughter cows made up 5 percent of the offering, slaughter bulls 0 percent, replacement cows 3 percent, and feeders 92 percent.  The feeder supply included 53 percent steers, 28 percent heifers, and 19 percent bulls. Near 55 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

  • by Jeneen Wiche

  • Jan. 4, 2016

    Cattle Receipts: 288
    Last week: n/a
    Last year: n/a

    Feeders: 219
    Slaughter: 60
    Replacement: 9

    No trends due to the holidays, but a steady undertone noted on all classes.

    Slaughter cows made up 18 percent of the offering, slaughter bulls 3 percent, replacements 3 percents and feeders 76 percent. The feeder supply included 35 percent heifers, and 28 percent bulls. Near 13 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

  • by Steve Musen

  • by Jeneen Wiche

  • Dec. 28, 2016

    Cattle Receipts: 92
    Last week: 791

    Compared to last week: No trends due to a very light holiday test, but a steady undertone noted on all classes.
    No more Monday sales until further notice.

    Feeders: 66
    Slaughter: 23
    Replacements: 3

  • Dec. 28, 2016

    Cattle Receipts: 92
    Last week: 791

    Compared to last week: No trends due to a very light holiday test, but a steady undertone noted on all classes.
    No more Monday sales until further notice.

    Feeders: 66
    Slaughter: 23
    Replacements: 3

  • by Steve Musen

  • Jeneen Wiche

  • As a child, Christmastime was always a magical time. It was the time of year when the weather outside became cooler and boxes of ornaments and decorations would make their yearly appearance from storage. Candies, like fudge, cookies, Chex Mix, or “doo-dads” as we called them, buckeye balls and that white peanut butter candy that no one could remember the name of was made and quickly eaten, however, some was always saved for that jolly guy who slid down the chimney.

  • Dec. 14, 2016

    Cattle Receipts: 791
    Last week: 886
    Last year: 489

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers under 600 lbs. $2-$3 lower, over 600 lbs. steady- $2 higher, afternoon sales sharply lower on a very light demand. Feeder heifers under 500 lbs. $2-$3 lower, over 500 lbs. steady- $3 higher, afternoon sales sharply lower on a very light demand, slaughter cows and bulls steady- $1 lower.
    Feeders: 723
    Slaughter: 60
    Replacements: 8

  • by Steve Musen

  • by Jeneen Wiche

  • By Fernando Alfonso III
    Lexington Herald-Leader
    Ranch hand Peter Evsich, 55, sat in his pickup truck smoking a cigarette Sunday afternoon while watching over the smoldering ruins of a horse barn, with 23 dead horses somewhere under the barn’s collapsed metal roof.
    The Thoroughbreds were part of a group housed in a barn at the Mercury Equine Center off Russell Cave Road. The fire started just after midnight and may have been due to lightning or an electrical issue, said owner Eric Reed.

  • Dec. 7, 2016

    Cattle Receipts: 886
    Nov. 30: 815
    Last year: 852

    Compared to last week: Feeder steers under 700 lbs. $2-$3 lower over 700 lbs. Steady $1 lower, heifers steady $2 higher. Slaughter cows and bulls $1-$2 lower.

    Feeders: 826
    Slaughter: 51
    Replacements: 9

  • by Steve Musen

  • Owen county soil
    conservation district
    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the availability of up to $260 million for partner proposals to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.  The funding is being made available through NRCS’ innovative Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and applicants must be able to match the federal award with private or local funds.

  • by Jeneen Wiche