NEWS
Stocker Niche
Mon Mar 4, 2013 01:11 PM CST

Buy 'em right, sell 'em right, and put on pounds in between. Backgrounding cattle sure sounds simple enough, but for stocker operators like Shawn Alloway, the business realities are complex and dynamic.

The young Kansas cattleman started running his own cows when he was 13 years old. It was that herd that helped put him through college. After building to about 200 head, he began shifting to stocker cattle and found his niche. He has focused on that segment of the industry since 2001.

Thousands of cattle graze their way through Alloway's paddocks ...

Quick View
  • Betting on Shorter Beans Researchers at the University of Nebraska and Purdue University have pinpointed a gene that produ...
  • Super Food Silage has never gone out of fashion in Bath County, Kentucky, even when the lure of $6- to $8-pe...
  • Farmers Pivot Back After Storms The majority of center pivots damaged by severe weather earlier this summer in Nebraska are up an...
  • Pick Contingency Plans - 3 As crop prices and insurance coverage swoon, farmers may need to supplement incomes with federal ...
  • Weathering the Drought Parts of the panhandle and western Oklahoma are still considered as being in extreme or exception...
  • AFBF Appeal The American Farm Bureau Federation asked a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court's Sept...
  • Pick Contingency Plans - 2 Commodity payments are largely capped at $125,000 per person. People must also report under $900,...
  • Ask the Vet Some tips on fly control.
Related News Stories
DTN Closing Livestock Comments
DTN's Livestock Quick Takes
DTN Before The Bell-Livestock
DTN Closing Livestock Comments
The Market's Fine Print
DTN Before The Bell-Livestock
Tyson to Sell Heinold Unit
DTN Closing Livestock Comments
DTN Before The Bell-Livestock
DTN Closing Livestock Comments