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Performance of early weaned calves

published: July 31st 2018 by: Justin Waggoner source: K State Beef Tips

Under normal production circumstances calves are typically weaned at 180-220 days of age, however under circumstances where forage supply is limited or cow body condition is lacking weaning calves at 180 days of age or less may be one of the easiest ways to reduce cow nutrient requirements and improve cow body condition....

Weaning: Avoid these 3 common pitfalls

published: July 2nd 2018 source: Purina

  Arden Hills, Minn. [Have you defined what success and failure look like in your weaning program?   Success might look like live, healthy calves that put on weight with minimal intervention....

An Inexpensive but Effective Method for Weaning More Total Pounds

published: June 7th 2018 by: Dr. Justin Rhinehart source: University of Tennessee Extension

Since all food production is based on reproduction of the commodity, it stands to reason that a technology which positively impacts reproduction would be widely adopted. One of the major benefits of crossbreeding is realized through improved reproductive function....

Is it profitable to add weight and sell heavier feeder calves this year?

published: May 16th 2018 by: Chris Prevatt source: University of Florida

  Last spring I wrote an article entitled “At What Weight should I sell my Feeder Calves” that bought forth many questions on the value of each additional pound of gain. This article will serve as a follow-up to revisit the value of gain, and share the calculation for producers to use to evaluate their individual situation....

Ag Symposium April 17 in San Antonio will provide cost-saving tips

published: April 4th 2018 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas AgriLife Today

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County will present the 2018 Ag Symposium “Putting $ Back in Your Pocket” from 8 a.m.-noon April 17 in San Antonio....

Beef influence on dairy cattle could improve marketing options, bottom line

published: March 23rd 2018 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

  AMARILLO – Dairy owners might be able to add more to their bottom line if they introduce a beef bull into their breeding program for some of the producing cows in their herd, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist said....

Effects of horns on cattle bruising

published: December 21st 2017 source: Texas A&M Beef Cattle Browsing Newsletter

A sample was evaluated of 4,287 finished cattle in 27 lots slaughtered at one facility. Of all cattle, 7.7% had horns. Across lots this ranged from 0 to 26.5%. If present, horns were measured for length of longest horn and for distance between horn tips....

Cow-calf cost breakdown – cow depreciation

published: October 17th 2017 by: Aaron Berger source: University of Nebraska

Depreciation is a non-cash expense that is often overlooked by cow-calf producers. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. Cow depreciation is frequently the second or third largest expense to the cow-calf enterprise after feed....

A historical look at the cost of fall purchased stocker cattle

published: October 11th 2017 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee Extension

Risks abound in the stocker cattle business. For fall stocker purchases, there are three major risks to navigate and two of them are immediate. The first major risk is the price when purchasing the animals....

The value of preconditioning calves

published: September 25th 2017 by: Brenda Boetel, Professor and extension e source: Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Preconditioning is a generic term that means different things to different people and encompasses the different operating procedures that may be applied to a calf prior to shipping. Preconditioning activities may include weaning, vaccinations, dehorning, castration, and starting calves on a high energy diet....

Preconditioning and weaning preparation

published: September 19th 2017 by: Rob Eirich source: Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance

Cow-calf producers are nearing weaning time of their 2017 calf crop, with current market and industry trends, producers should be considering and preparing for preconditioning or weaning programs. It is important to consider the best programs for the health of calves during these stressful periods and into the feeding phases....

Evaluating costs of livestock working facilities

published: September 8th 2017 by: Dr. Andrew Griffith source: University o Tennessee

Labor and material costs in constructing livestock working facilities can eat a livestock producer’s lunch and put a serious damper on the checking account. However, the cost of working facilities is not so expensive when the costs associated with not having facilities are considered....

Body Condition Score as a Tool for Cow Herd Management

published: September 5th 2017 by: Ryon Walker, Ph.D. source: Noble Research Institute

Technology has provided agriculture with new, creative and efficient ways to accomplish production goals. However, sometimes traditional tools still provide effective ways to manage the cow herd at different stages of production....

Budget spreadsheets available for small grain, stocker cattle fall

published: August 15th 2017 by: Blair Fannin

COLLEGE STATION – Budget spreadsheets are available for wheat growers and stocker cattle operators planning fall operations, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist....

Managing heat stress in cattle

published: July 24th 2017 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Beef Extension

As the temperatures and humidity elevate, it is important to understand and manage to prevent heat stress in your cattle herd. Heat stress can lower performance and in severe cases cause death. Here are some recommendations to keep heat stress at a minimum....

Creep Feeding Considerations

published: July 7th 2017 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Beef Extension

When considering creep feeding your spring born calves, many factors will play a role in the decision. While it might always seem like a good idea to supplement calves to push them to heavier weaning weights, there are negatives as well....

Early weaning benefits first-calf cows, calves

published: July 6th 2017 by: Robert Wells source: Noble Foundation

The southern Plains summer heat can be hard on pastures, cows and calves, especially first-calf cows. These cows are in a special class as they are still trying to maintain body condition, actively grow, support reproduction by gestating with her second calf, and lactating....

BIF 2017: Factors affecting feedlot profitability

published: June 21st 2017 by: Gary Fike source: BIF

The Tri County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative first helps producers collect growth and carcass data. They help them benchmark their cattle related to the industry. It is hoped that this information will be used to make genetic improvement....

Help your cattle prepare for higher temperatures

published: May 18th 2017 source: Biozyme

Warmer temperatures are quickly approaching, and that means livestock producers should start considering how to help their animals handle the heat. Heat stress is almost inevitable, but some management practices can be implemented to help animals better cope with rising temperatures....

Consider the consequences

published: May 1st 2017 by: Dr. Justin Rhinehart source: University of Tennessee Beef Cattle Extension

Temperament of cattle has long been recognized to influence production efficiency by having an impact on cattle handling and performance. More recently, scientists have suggested that flighty behavior of individual cattle can also affect the performance of the entire group....

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