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Nebraska Grassfed Exchange scheduled for Sept. 16-17

With corn prices continuing to rise, many cattle producers are looking at ways to put pounds on cattle without paying the high cost of corn. As input costs rise, producers must question the overall feasibility of the current model of corn-fed cattle and profitability. If cattle prices should fall after the cost of higher inputs of corn, producers would find themselves with a serious problem. So the real question is: With input prices so high, what can a producer do to protect themselves from a future drop in cattle prices?

Even though most beef cattle spend at least part of their lives on grass, corn is an established part of the beef industry when finishing the animals for market. It is at this stage of beef production, known as finishing, that the cost of corn is creating a quandary for some producers.

This quandary is the focus of an upcoming seminar for cattle producers in Norfolk, NE. The event will be held on Sept. 16-17, 2011 at the Northeast Community College Ag Complex. Some of the topics will include:

• Methods for consistent gains on grass

• Genetic expression and the relationship to environmental influences

• Holistic animal health management

• Land and Livestock opportunities

With corn prices at $7 per bushel, having the ability to custom graze cattle and get consistent gains will give every cattle producer an extra potential source of income. In the current economy, this can make a significant impact to our communities, especially in rural areas.

The Grassfed Exchange (GFE), http://www.grassfedexchange.com, was founded in 2009 to promote grass-fed beef for the social good of land, consumers and communities. The GFE provides information for both consumers and producers and encourages the exchange of ideas, as well as works towards development of strategies to increase the value of the grass-fed industry. For more information about the upcoming seminar, visit http://www.grassfedexchange.com or call Carol Peters at 402-582-4866.

With corn prices continuing to rise, many cattle producers are looking at ways to put pounds on cattle without paying the high cost of corn. As input costs rise, producers must question the overall feasibility of the current model of corn-fed cattle and profitability. If cattle prices should fall after the cost of higher inputs of corn, producers would find themselves with a serious problem. So the real question is: With input prices so high, what can a producer do to protect themselves from a future drop in cattle prices?

Even though most beef cattle spend at least part of their lives on grass, corn is an established part of the beef industry when finishing the animals for market. It is at this stage of beef production, known as finishing, that the cost of corn is creating a quandary for some producers.

This quandary is the focus of an upcoming seminar for cattle producers in Norfolk, NE. The event will be held on Sept. 16-17, 2011 at the Northeast Community College Ag Complex. Some of the topics will include:

• Methods for consistent gains on grass

• Genetic expression and the relationship to environmental influences

• Holistic animal health management

• Land and Livestock opportunities

With corn prices at $7 per bushel, having the ability to custom graze cattle and get consistent gains will give every cattle producer an extra potential source of income. In the current economy, this can make a significant impact to our communities, especially in rural areas.

The Grassfed Exchange (GFE), http://www.grassfedexchange.com, was founded in 2009 to promote grass-fed beef for the social good of land, consumers and communities. The GFE provides information for both consumers and producers and encourages the exchange of ideas, as well as works towards development of strategies to increase the value of the grass-fed industry. For more information about the upcoming seminar, visit http://www.grassfedexchange.com or call Carol Peters at 402-582-4866.




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