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Steps To Improving Cowherd Efficiency Outlined

published: March 21st 2014 by: Katie Allen source: K State Extension

Knowing inputs and outputs on a cow/calf operation and understanding feed efficiency tools and concepts are vital to improving overall herd profitability. MANHATTAN, Kan. – Business owners are often challenged to find time to sit down, analyze data, and strategize to make their business more profitable and successful....

How Much For The Bull?

published: March 20th 2014 by: Patrick Gunn, Iowa State University Exte source: Iowa State Extension

I often get the question "How much should I pay for a bull?" My first answer is "Whatever the market will bear." Admittedly, that answer really gives no insight into return on investment for the producer relative to traits of emphasis for their particular marketing goals....

Texas Tech Scientist Raises Concern About Using Beta Agonists

published: March 14th 2014 source: Texas Tech News Source

Use of certain animal drugs known as beta agonists in cattle production has received considerable national attention. A Texas Tech University veterinary epidemiologist has found that although there are significant societal benefits to the practice, an increase in death loss of cattle raises questions about welfare implications of its use....

Restocking Has To Precede Rebuilding

published: March 12th 2014 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife

Before the nation can rebuild its cattle herd, individual ranchers must begin restocking, not an easy chore while drought hangs on and limits pasture and range recovery, says a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist....

Producers Have Options When It Comes To Restocking

published: March 7th 2014 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife

WACO – With the cattle market at all-time highs and drought having decimating herds across Texas, some might consider restocking, but are questioning if it’s the right time to buy. The answer: It depends, says one expert....

Impacts Of Cold Weather On Calving

published: March 4th 2014 by: Bethany Johnston source: University of Nebraska Extension

It seemed strange… why did shorn sheep have bigger lambs than their unshorn counterparts? Could lamb birth weight be affected by their shorn mothers’ reaction to the cold winters? The original research goes back to shorn versus unshorn ewes, with the pregnant shorn ewes having higher lamb weights (2007, The Cow-Calf Manager)....

This Could Be The Year Of The Heifer

published: January 30th 2014 by: Gene Johnston source: Agriculture.com

It’s going to happen in 2014, say the market specialists at CattleFax. Over the last 8-10 years, while there have been plenty of cattle price signals to expand the beef herd, two things have conspired against it: long-term drought, and high feed costs....

Cold Weather Contributing To Higher Priced Beef

published: January 15th 2014 by: Elizabeth Campbell source: Bloomberg News

CHICAGO -As temperatures dipped to a record minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit, the crew at Dean Wang's ranch in Baker, Montana, increased alfalfa-hay rations to give his cattle more energy during the arctic blast....

Cautious Approach Recommended To Restocking

published: January 13th 2014 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife

MILANO – Even though parts of Texas have received beneficial rainfall, experts urge cattle producers to be cautious when thinking about restocking herds.    Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist, told beef producers at the recent Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Milano that 71 percent of the state is abnormally dry....

Drylot Beef Cow Production Systems: An Alternative To Cow Herd Liquidation

published: December 23rd 2013 by: Jim Krantz source: Cow/Calf Field Specialist at SDSU Extension

Non-traditional management systems such as Drylot Beef Production may offer cattlemen an alternative to reducing stock cow numbers or total herd liquidation. As grazing and haying acres continue to be converted to crop ground especially in crop-intensive geographic areas of our state and region, cattlemen are faced with the impact of that trend as they strive to maintain cow herd numbers....

Ranch To Table

published: December 13th 2013 by: Judy Sheridan source: Weatherford Democrat

Aledo, Texas veterinarian Dr. Glenn Rogers doesn’t have a beef with the traditional way cattle are raised and brought to market. “U.S. agriculture and the U.S. beef industry furnish the safest, most wholesome food supply in the world,” he said....

Latest On Herd Expansion Numbers

published: December 6th 2013 by: Curt Lacey source: University of Georgia

Herd expansion is a thought that is on many cattlemen’s minds. Most are considering if they should expand and by how much. Others are questioning if expansion has already begun, and if it hasn’t, when it will....

Time To Watch Out For Ol Man Winter’s Toll On Your Herd

published: November 21st 2013 by: Dr. Tom Troxel source: University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Winter is a time of increased vigilance for livestock producers, according to Tom Troxel, animal scientist at the University of Arkansas. “One climate model is projecting winter to be warmer and wetter than normal,” Troxel said....

Tips For Winterizing Your Cattle Operation

published: November 18th 2013 source: Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - November is a good time for beef producers to assess their pastures and facilities and take care of some routine tasks to prepare their cattle operations for winter, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says....

Heifer Retention Remains Cautious

published: November 13th 2013

Mom Nature is cooperating, for the most part. Feed prices, forage availability and calf prices make it possible. There are indications it could be in its nascent stage, but no one knows when herd expansion will begin in earnest, much less how long it will last and how many cows will ultimately be added....

Beef Industry About To Make A Slow Turn

published: November 8th 2013 by: Debra Levey Larson source: University of Illinois

URBANA, Ill. — The number of beef animals has been in a downward spiral since 2007 as a result of drought, which has ravaged pastures, and because of high prices of corn, soybean meal and forages....

Mother Nature Takes Bite Out Of Beef Industry

published: October 2nd 2013 by: Richard C. Oliver source: My SA.com

CANYON — As Rick Hales steered the feed truck along the dusty road next to his livestock pens one morning recently, carefully lining the vehicle's discharge chute over the trough that borders a back fence, dozens of jet-black Angus cattle began to amble toward the sound....

Adding Value To Calves

published: September 24th 2013 source: Oklahoma Farm Report

With weaning season upon us, ranchers are preparing to market their cattle. Gant Mourer, Value Added Specialist with the Oklahoma State University Animal Science Department, says there are a lot of things producers can do to add value to each head sold....

Management Strategies To Reduce Stress At Weaning And Improve Calf Performance

published: September 20th 2013 source: University of Nebraska Extension

This is the time of year when many cow-calf producers are weaning calves. The following are some important factors and strategies to remember when planning to wean calves. Stress is the number one issue that impacts calf performance at weaning....

Record-Low Texas Water Reservoirs May Halt Cattle-Herd Expansion

published: September 11th 2013 by: Jeff Wilson source: Washington Post

September  10 (Bloomberg) -- Cattle ranchers may ditch plans to expand their herds in Texas, the biggest U.S. beef producer, as an expanding drought damages pastures and water reservoirs drop to record lows, according to Texas A&M University....

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