Down the cow path
As I write this article early Thursday morning, we are finally getting some rain in far southern Bureau County. The rain will be greatly appreciated as the pasture was getting sparse, and the cows were beginning to push fences around the corn fields. We need to get one 40-acre field combined, so we can turn the herd into it and get ready to wean calves Oct. 18. There has been a little harvesting around us, but our corn was testing 35 to 36 percent as of 10 days ago. This welcome rain should get all the beans ready to harvest, so it could be an interesting harvest — maybe corn in the morning and beans in the afternoon.
As I have said in the past, this country’s cow herd is the lowest in numbers since the early 1950s. With falling corn prices, we should see a growth spurt in those numbers that also means with more heifers being retained for breeding, fewer numbers are available for slaughter. So beef prices may remain high for some time yet.
A very good site for help in buying and preparing beef (and utilizing cheaper cuts) is the Illinois Beef Association website. It’s an easy site to navigate, and consumers can learn a lot about the cattle industry, as well as, getting help with kid-friendly beef recipes and affordable options. The site is funded by Beef Check Off funds, so cattlemen should check it out to see what their money goes toward. “Exploring Beef” and “Meet a Beef Producer” are two excellent portals on this website.
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