Feedyard Analysis: Winter disrupts cattle feeding

Feedyard Analysis: Winter disrupts cattle feeding

*Dr. Marcus Hoelsher heads his own consulting firm at 1500 W. Park, Hereford, Texas.

WINTER blizzard conditions disrupted cattle feeding in the Plains area, with record snow falls and high winds closing interstates and major highways, which affected feedyards.

Feedyards were faced with snow removal, reduced feed production and feeding of cattle. Increased death loss of cattle was reported in some yards and on wheat pasture.

Feedyard managers reported that adverse conditions reduced cattle performance. Compared to the previous month, daily gains were reduced, while feed conversions and feed costs were higher.

Steers were placed on feed at 778 lb., marketed at 1,351 lb. and gained 3.65 lb. daily for 157 days. The cost of gain ranged from $122 to $128/cwt. and averaged $125.05/cwt., up $4.58 from the previous month.

Heifers were placed on feed at 704 lb., marketed at 1,223 lb. and gained 3.28 lb. daily for 158 days. Heifers fed for $129.16/cwt., up $4.83 from the previous month.

Ration costs for March should range from $375 to $385 per ton on a dry basis with a ration markup. Costs of most ingredients were comparable to the previous month.

With a $128 fed cattle market, cattle feeders reported losses of $70-90 per head. One year ago, they reported losses in excess of $200 per head with a $123 market.

Hide and offal values continued to add value to marketed cattle. Current values are around $13.80/cwt.; one year ago, they were about $13.15/cwt.

Feedyard consultants reported that yards are 65-95% occupied and should average about 80%. They reported that numbers are down compared to previous months.

Feedyard managers reported an increase in fed cattle numbers on their showlists. However, most yards are still current.

 

Feedyard performance, February 2013

 

-Steers-

-Heifers-

 

Feb. '13

Jan. '13

Feb. '12

Feb. '13

Jan. '13

Feb. '12

Weight in, lb.

778

781

773

704

716

730

Weight out, lb.

1,351

1,346

1,316

1,223

1,228

1,211

Days fed

157

152

154

158

154

153

Daily gain, lb.

3.65

3.72

3.53

3.28

3.32

3.14

Dry conversion, lb.

6.21

6.16

6.23

6.33

6.27

6.51

Death loss, %

1.13

1.14

1.12

1.29

1.32

1.26

Cost of gain, $/cwt.

125.05

120.47

108.94

129.16

124.33

113.09

Data are based on 25 feedlots in a four-state area serviced by several nutritional and veterinarian consulting groups.

 

Volume:85 Issue:11

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