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Wednesday 27th August 2014.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Mick Priestley

MSD Animal Health

Novus International

Could Feeding Change if Corn Stays Low?

Consider corn to control feed costs, farmers are being told ahead of an expected bumper harvest.

US backgrounders, even those on forage-based programmes, could take advantage from rising corn stocks, a University of Kentucky beef expert has advised.

But those looking to maximise fibre digestibility must limit corn, or the amount of starch offered, said Dr Jeff Lehmkuhler.

This month, cash corn bids as low as $3.40 have been observed - around $120/ton.

This rivals other energy sources, such as soybean hulls ($150/ton), corn gluten feed ($140-160/ton) and dried distiller’s grains ($155/ton), Dr Lehmkuhler explained.

However, he highlighted the risk of augmenting forage-based diets with starch-based energy supplements.

Doing so lowers rumen pH, impacting forage digestibility, reducing intake and decreasing overall energy to the animal.

But, this year may be a time to sacrifice fibre digestibility.

Prescribing the times when this sacrifice makes sense, Dr Lehnkuhler said: “This may be when corn is relatively cheap, hay is low quality, hay stores are short, alternate fibre-based coproduct feedstuffs are more costly, and the target rates of gain are moderately high.”

Furthermore, he assured backgrounders of Brazilian, Iowa and Oklahoma researchers who had numbers to support corn in forage based programmes.

This includes it used with beet pulp, soyhulls or soybean meal respectively.

Despite this, cattle are not expected to have a major impact on corn stocks, according to an Illinois farm economist last week.

With calf crops low following herd liquidation, Professor Darrel Good said of the beef herd: “Feed use of corn will not receive much support from the beef sector.”

Elsewhere in livestock, broiler numbers and dairy cows are up one per cent this year, while hog numbers bring the ‘most uncertainty’ as the industry looks to farrow more sows after porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

This year's ethanol production, meanwhile, is predicted to reach a record 14.15 billion gallons, 2.5 per cent up on 2011/12 and 10 per cent higher than last year.

Summing up the short term outlook, Mr Good wrote: “There are some early signs that corn consumption during the year ahead will increase modestly in response to lower prices.

“Corn prices are expected to stay under some pressure at least through the USDA’s September 11 Crop Production report. The size of the corn crop forecast in that report will be important in determining where the low may be in the corn market.”

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Performance of Limit-fed Pregnant Beef Cows Fed Ammoniated Wheat Straw Based Diets
Feeding anhydrous ammoniated wheat straw can yield faster growing cattle, although producers should be wary of high prices, a Kansas State University researcher has concluded.

How Robust Livestock Tracking Leads to Increased Profitability
While a significant industry, Canada's cattle sector lacks the traceability seen in its pork supply chain. The worry, according to an industry figurehead, is that huge opportunities are being missed.

Silage Management: Steps to Tackle Shrinking
Minimise corn silage shrink by chopping finely, rapid filling and sealing securely, Karla Hernandez, forages specialist at South Dakota State University has advised.

Meat Processor Turning Wastewater From Problem to Profit
Meat processors have a part to play in reducing emissions in the red meat sector. One unit in Eastern Australia has managed to cut emissions while reducing its gas bill by almost half.

Company News

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Market Reports

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Global Beef Industry News

   United Kingdom

Livestock Event 2015 Dates Announced
Five Point Plan to Tackle Calf Pneumonia

   New Zealand

Dairy Still Squeezing Sheep Sector

   European Union

Russian Block to Have Modest Impact on EU Meat
Farmers in Outcry Over Prices After Russian Ban

   United States

Cattle Futures: Bearish Market Closes Up, Tuesday
Looking for a Corn Consumption Response
CME: Results of Statistic Canada's Cattle, Hog Surveys
Tyson Loses Donning Doffing Appeal
CME: US Beef Prices Hit All-time Record Highs
Wyckoff's Weekly Cattle Outlook: Mixed Tones Across Livestock Markets
Slaughterhouse Employees Indicted over Illegal Sales of Condemned Meat


Jamaica Opens Borders to Canadian Beef


Iran Lifts Brazil Beef Ban
Russian Demand Rockets Brazil Meat Prices
JBS Sees Continued Growth


Farmer Advantages to Grow 'Clenbuterol Free' Programme


Drought Kills Over 7,000 Cattle in North West China
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rising
China to Expand Agricultural Produce Trade with Russia


IFA Calls on Ag Minister to Deliver for Farmers on Beef Crisis
Farm Bodies Repeat Stark Warning for Irish Beef


HRH Prince Joachim Opens New Cattle Slaughterhouse


Argentina Suspends Beef Exports as Domestic Prices Rise


Setting Up of Unauthorised Cattle Markets Prohibited


New Wagyu Seedstock Sale
Australian Weekly Cattle Summary
Ryegrass Management at Heart of Tasmanian Ill-thrift


Nestlé Steps up Commitment to Animal Welfare
EW Nutrition Launches 'Science and Innovations' Series
FAO Urges Continued Support for Animal Disease Monitoring
South America Steps in to Meet Russian Needs


Upward Pressure Exerted on Japanese Beef Prices


Colombia's Cattle ID Plans Progressing


Mass Vaccination Response to Rampant Bluetongue

   Russian Federation

Russia to Introduce Electronic Veterinary Certificates


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