The Board of Directors of the Pratt Feeders Group is excited to announce significant leadership changes within our organization. Following the retirement of Dave Latta, Tom Fanning, the long-time manager at Buffalo Feeders, will be stepping up as the new General Manager of the Pratt Feeders Group effective at the end of May 2024.
In the ever-evolving world of agriculture, technological advancements have always played a pivotal role in shaping the future. One such ground breaking advancement is in the field of genomics - a scientific discipline that examines how DNA sequences influence physical biological attributes. This technology, especially in cattle genomics, is revolutionizing livestock operations, offering powerful and profitable applications.
Welcome back to the third installment of our four-part series on leveraging DNA in your cattle operation. In this segment, we delve into the crucial aspect of DNA testing and its impact on animal health. Understanding and implementing DNA testing can revolutionize your herd's health and productivity, which is vital for any operation, including those in Buffalo,Oklahoma.
In the first part of our series, we explored the basics ofDNA testing in cattle. Now, let's delve into the tangible benefits this technology brings to cattle breeders, particularly in enhancing breeding strategies, managing genetic diseases, and improving meat quality. We'll also look at real-world examples, including insights from industry leaders and perhaps a glimpse into practices at Buffalo Feeders.
DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the fundamental building block of life, carrying the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning, and reproduction of all known living organisms, including cattle. Structurally, DNA is a long molecule made up of nucleotides, each containing a sugar molecule, a phosphate group, and a nitrogen base. The sequence of these nitrogen bases along the DNA strand encodes the genetic information.
In the dynamic world of cattle trading, understanding the nuances of different market strategies is crucial for success. At Buffalo Feeders, we study and focus all of our efforts towards the art of marketing finished cattle, utilizing various approaches to maximize value.
At Buffalo Feeders, we understand that the foundation of a successful cattle feeding operation lies not just in our expert management and top-notch facilities, but significantly in the genetics of the cattle we feed. The genetics of cattle plays a pivotal role in determining feedlot performance, harvest outcomes, and overall herd health. This is why we pay keen attention to genetic selection in our operations.
Our commitment to our customers and the community is demonstrated by the large capital investment Buffalo Feeders is making to upgrade and improve the heart of the cattle feeding operation…The Feed Mill.
Beef is important to our lives in many ways, raising beef has always played a part of the western heritage of the United States and provides many excellent jobs associated with Farming and Ranching the Beef Industry community.
I have to say that one of my earliest thoughts of what a hero is and how they impact a local community, I think of Ross Pile of Laverne, OK. Ross grew up in the small town of May, OK and graduated high school with my mother. I remember looking up to him as a young child and always wanted to hear what he had to say. Mr. Pile had a strong influence in my hearing the Call to Arms. I chose a different route, preferring the Army Infantry. Below I my tribute to Lt Ross Pile, recipient of the Purple Heart medal and many others.
In the plains of Oklahoma is a cattle operation that plays an outsized role in the American food supply chain—Buffalo Feeders. With a remarkable production of 45,000 head of finished cattle annually, which translates to 43.2 million pounds of beef or 115 million servings of beef per year, Buffalo Feeders is no ordinary cattle feeding operation. That's enough to provide every Oklahoman with a serving of beef every day for a month.
From May the 8th, 2023 to September 28th, 2023, the October Live Cattle futures contract rallied $24.00 or $300 per head and the Cash Market had followed it all the way from low $160’s to $185 last week.
As the temperatures drop and the leaves turn to shades of red and gold, cattle feedyards across the High Plains region of the United States are gearing up for the winter season. However, this year's preparations come with a unique challenge – the looming presence of an El Niño weather pattern, which can bring unpredictable weather conditions to our region.
BQA plays a vital role at Buffalo Feeders. It focuses our efforts on ensuring that the cattle we raise are safe, wholesome and of the highest quality. Buffalo Feeders priority is to raise quality beef. Being a part of the TCFA/BQA program allows us to have the opportunity to implement the best practices and guidelines about handling and managing our cattle.
In the world of beef production and international trade, the term 'NHTC' holds a significant place of importance. Non-Hormone Treated Cattle, abbreviated as NHTC, plays a pivotal role in the marketing of feeder cattle and live cattle, especially in the context of the European Union (EU).
Backgrounding is a transitional period in beef cattle production that occurs after weaning but before the animals enter a feedlot for finishing. This practice is aimed at preparing weaned calves for the more structured and intensive environment of a feedlot by improving their health and adapting them to different feed types.
For those unfamiliar with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), it is a leading organization in the United States dedicated to representing the interests of cattle producers and promoting the beef industry. While primarily known for its advocacy within the cattle and beef sector, the NCBA offers numerous benefits to its members, making it a valuable organization for anyone involved in the cattle industry.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plays a pivotal role in the nation's agricultural sector, with far-reaching impacts that extend beyond farms and ranches. In this blog post, we'll delve into what the USDA is and explore the benefits it offers to cattle producers, farmers, ranchers, as well as how it impacts everyday Americans who may not be directly involved in agriculture.
In the cattle industry, the old saying holds true that the quality of what goes into cattle directly impacts what we get out of them. Expertly managed, sustainable, and tailored, our approach sets new standards in cattle nutrition.
In the world of cattle feeding and management, striving for exceptional animal welfare and sustainable practices is very important. Buffalo Feeders has a long record of excellence in Beef Quality Assurance, being awarded the 2019 National Cattlemen’s Association BQA Feedyard of the year.
Nestled in the heart of Oklahoma, a rich tapestry of love, family, and an extraordinary journey unfolds, leaving an indelible mark on countless hearts. Here, Ree and Ladd Drummond, affectionately known as The Pioneer Woman and Marlboro Man, have woven a legacy that stretches far beyond a thriving cattle ranch.
Amid the sweltering heat of a summer and the biting cold of winter, the lives of cattle unfold in a delicate balance. At the heart of their journey lies a fundamental challenge: the battle against nature's extremes. Heat stress during scorching months and the rigors of wet and cold conditions demand unwavering attention. Yet, for a custom cattle feeding company, the concern extends beyond mere survival—it's about crafting an environment where each animal thrives.
Picture a steak so tender that it practically melts in your mouth, a symphony of flavors dancing across your palate. This is the essence of filet mignon. Cut from the smaller end of the beef tenderloin, this prized gem is celebrated for its unmatched tenderness, buttery texture, and delicate taste.
Beef cattle start their journey at cow-calf ranches in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Louisiana, just to name a few. These ranches are the backbone of the beef industry, where cows are bred and calves are raised until they are weaned. The ranchers here are dedicated to the animals' health and well-being, leading to robust calves ready for the next stage of their lives.
As cattlemen, our main goal is to ensure the health and well-being of our cattle while maximizing their growth and productivity. One crucial aspect of achieving this is formulating and mixing well-balanced diets or rations for our finished cattle. These diets typically consist of primary ingredients such as corn, hay, wet distillers grain, and supplements.
At Buffalo Feeders LLC, we take immense pride in being a Certified Angus Beef (CAB) partner feedyard. Our commitment to excellence, along with our proprietary sorting system and value-based marketing strategies, enables us to help our valued ranch customers earn more money for their cattle. In this blog, we will delve into the numerous advantages that being a CAB partner feedyard brings to the table.
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's annual trade show and convention is just around the corner. Friday, July 21st and 22nd, Cattlemen will come together to discuss and ratify policies debated during the winter policy meeting. These policies give the leadership direction and authority to talk to our state and federal law makers and administrations.
August live cattle markets are climbing the wall. Feed yards are looking for higher cash prices and the packers as usual are dug into steady or lower. The pull backs have lasted 2 to 3 weeks and then here we go again. What's next?
Cattlemen have been an integral part of the American economy since the early days of the country. They have played a significant role in shaping the nation's history and culture, and their contribution to the country cannot be overstated.
The corn market is a highly sensitive and dynamic market that is influenced by a variety of factors, including weather patterns, market demand, and global trade. The spring and summer months are especially critical for the corn market, as this is the time when farmers are planting and cultivating their crops, and market fluctuations can have a significant impact on their bottom line.
The spot cash market has been the leader in the markets over the last several weeks with tremendous strength, setting several new all-time highs in the spot cash market. After Posting a high-water mark of $186.00 last week in the southern region, the packers finally seem to have: 1. Gotten more inventory around them and 2. pushed the retail meat prices (cutout) higher to get margin back into their favor.
Check out this post from MasterHand Milling where Tom is asked to give his take on the research that is pushing forward dairy-cross animals as a new choice for stocker calves. Oklahoma State University has chosen to partner with Buffalo Feeders and Master Hand Milling to perform trials this summer to evaluate the grazing and feedyard performance of dairy-cross cattle against traditional beef calves.
Most cattle producers have always known that the market price of cattle can fluctuate based on supply and demand, quality, and location. However, many producers don’t understand the interaction between the cash market and futures market, which is "live cattle basis," Most cattle producers would admit, that they are quite confused about what it meant and how it could impact their business.