Effective marketing and risk management techniques often rely on sound benchmarks. Those marketing cattle need reasonable metrics to evaluate received and expected prices. The common prices specific to South Dakota are the fed steer and cull cow prices from Sioux Falls Regional Livestock in Worthing, South Dakota, and the average feeder steer and stocker (5-600#) steer prices from reported sales across South Dakota.
Monthly Cattle Prices and Basis Levels
SDSU Extension researchers have been monitoring salebarn prices and categorizing lots of cattle to inform producers about the variables affecting their sale checks at the local auction market.
Grazing corn stalks can be a low-cost feed option that gets herds off pastures and saves harvested forages for winter months. Review some important management and nutrition considerations before starting it on your operation.
Corn stalk acres have long been a source of feed for livestock producers. But how much should producers charge to graze them, and what factors should they consider when developing a rental agreement?