Lower winter livestock feed costs this summer

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Summertime activities keep livestock producers more than busy, but it might be worthwhile for a producer to think about feed needs for the upcoming winter.

Buy now. Historically, winter protein needs could be purchased more economically during the off season, said Sandy Johnson, Kansas State University livestock specialist.

“With all the focus on the ethanol industry, we might forget all the other by-products that are available,” she said.

Track online

A good way to follow some of these prices is to visit a University of Missouri Web site that is updated weekly at http://agebb.missouri.edu/dairy/byprod/bplist.asp.

The site includes company names and contact information, the type of feed each one has available, and current prices.

Johnson cautioned that producers should factor in storage, storage losses, transportation costs and feeding costs into their purchase decisions.

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