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Cattle Production and livestock production articles will include information on production costs and those issues we face that influence our supply and demand.

CattleFax Webinar Builds Cow-Calf Expansion Roadmap

published: August 31st 2015 source: CattleFax

Cow-calf margins will shrink as the U.S. beef cowherd expands, but producers can ensure future profitability by adjusting business plans for the supply increase. An upcoming free CattleFax webinar will address the scope of expansion and guide producers through the challenge....

Key performance indicators can lead to cattle profits

published: August 19th 2015 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – Key performance indicators have been used in business applications for many years, but not so much in cattle operations. Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in Vernon, discussed 13 key performance indicators, also known as KPIs, at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station recently....

Zoetis Introduces New Tool For Heifer Selection In Commercial Herds

published: August 11th 2015 source: Zoetis

A new genomic test from Zoetis enables producers to affordably and accurately predict carcass quality (marbling), yield grades, grid merit and tenderness in a range of straight-bred or crossbred British and Continental breed animals that are less than 75% Black Angus....

Expansion--What’s Ahead?

published: August 4th 2015 by: Chris Hurt source: Purdue University Extension

It is not hard to find explanations for why the current expansion accelerated so rapidly. The nation's beef cow herd has started down the path of the largest expansion in 25 years. The last major expansion was from 1990 to 1995 when the herd grew by ten percent....

Management, Health, and Nutritional Considerations for Weaning Calves … And Potentially Making You More Money

published: August 3rd 2015 by: Karla H. Jenkins, NE Extension Beef Spec source: University of Nebraska Extension

Weaning time can be a stressful time for calves. Weaning calves at home and selling after the seasonal price pressure subsides can increase profitability. Reducing separation and handling stress, providing proper nutrition, and preconditioning against disease increases the value of the calves and improves their performance when they enter the growing and finishing period....

Water Needs Are Influenced By Environmental Temperature, Class Of Livestock, And Weight

published: July 28th 2015 by: Troy Walz source: University of Nebraska Extension

Many times the importance of water to beef cattle is overlooked. Diets are balanced for carbohydrate (energy), protein, vitamins, and minerals so cattle can achieve a desired level of performance, but cattle have a requirement for water too, and animal performance can be affected by water intake....

Milk Production Puts High Nutritional Demands on Beef Cows Back

published: July 9th 2015 by: Elaine Grings source: Igrow

Is this year’s weaning date already on your calendar? Traditional fall weaning dates arise from a combination of declining forage supply and quantity, declining milk yield in the cow and having calves off the cow before winter weather sets in....

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers investigate salmonella in Texas feedlots

published: July 7th 2015 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – A study examining the presence of salmonella in beef cattle feedyards was the focus of a series of studies by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists and faculty in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, College Station....

Getting Newly Weaned Or Received Calves Started On Feed

published: July 3rd 2015 by: Dr. Brandi Karish source: Mississippi State University Extension

A goal of any receiving or weaning plan should be to minimize stress on newly received calves. Starting new cattle, whether they be newly weaned or freshly received into a stocker operation, can often be a challenge....

Beat The Heat With These Summer Tips

published: June 28th 2015 by: Dr. Kim Mullenix source: Department of Animal Science, Auburn University

The days are getting longer, the nights are shorter, and the heat of the summer is sneaking up on us quickly. As we move into warmer days, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind: Water, Water, Water When was the last time you thought about HOW MUCH water your cattle need on a daily basis? You might be surprised about how much this need increases during the summer months....

Field Day Focuses On Small-Scale Stocker Cattle Options

published: May 14th 2015 source: Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

ARDMORE, Okla. — The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host a Basic AG Livestock Management Field Day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, May 22, at the Noble Foundation McMillan Road Farm. This field day will focus on stocker cattle enterprise options for small-scale producers and the strategic planning process of the Noble Foundation's McMillan Road Farm....

Texas Cattle Producers Beginning Slow, Gradual Rebuilding Process

published: April 7th 2015 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

FORT WORTH – Water, drought, border security and the cattle market outlook were pertinent issues discussed at the 2015 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention held recently at the Fort Worth Convention Center....

Precondition for performance, quality, cash

published: March 25th 2015 by: Miranda Reiman source: Certified Angus Beef

It’s been talked about for 60 years. It’s better for animals, preferred by most cattle feeders and could provide a 169% return on investment. “2014 was the biggest ‘no brainer’ year in history to precondition your calves,” says Purdue University veterinarian W....

Heifers Retained--What’s Next?

published: March 23rd 2015 by: A. DiCostanzo source: University of Minnesota Beef Team

Market signals for expansion and good weather conditions were instrumental for the first recorded beef cow herd expansion since 2005 when a modest 0.4 percent increase of 140,000 cows was observed. An additional 0....

Cow Business Will Not Expand Without Adequate Return on Assets

published: March 16th 2015 by: Kris Ringwall source: NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist

Some events in one’s life become stories because they have an impact on the future. These stories are used to teach and add wisdom to current conversations. Sometimes the discussion may stray, but if the facts are true, the story continues to add wisdom....

Determining When Extra Colostrum Is Needed

published: February 10th 2015 by: Richard Randle, Nebraska Extension Beef source: University of Nebraska Extension

We all recognize that it’s crucial newborn calves get off to a good start and one of the most important things that needs to happen at birth is the adequate consumption of high-quality colostrum by the newborn calf....

Rebuilding gaining momemtum

published: February 6th 2015 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – U.S. beef cow inventory increased 2 percent from a year ago, signaling expansion among herds across the nation, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service cattle report....

Sorting Out The Bull

published: February 2nd 2015 by: Aaron Berger source: Nebraska Extension Educator

The winter and spring bull sale season is well underway. For many cow-calf producers this is when catalogs are studied and sales are attended, with the focus being on the purchase of their next herd sires....

New Profit Centers For Your Cattle Operation

published: January 8th 2015 by: Randy Saner source: University of Nebraska Extension

If you are thinking of bringing a family member back to the farm, below are some possible profit centers that could support another family member. • HEIFER DEVELOPMENT PROFIT CENTER We have the smallest inventory of beef cattle since 1951....

Cost Of Producing In 2014 And Predictions For 2015

published: December 3rd 2014 by: Aaron Berger source: University of Nebraska

2014 will go down in the record books as one where record profits occurred for many in the business of producing weaned calves. Was your cow-calf business profitable this year? What did it cost you to produce a pound of weaned calf? What do you project it will cost in 2015? Unit cost of production (UCOP) is a value based on a relationship in production or manufacturing between costs and units of product made or produced....

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