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Executive Director’s Report...

published: May 6th 2016 by: Bill Hyman source: ICA of Texas

“We were once strong, but now we are weak!” This was the famous quote from an old Indian chief. Cattlemen are trending to soon be in the same spot. If you have read the history books, the early settlers were outnumbered by the Indians early on in the old west....

Beef Cow Size, Efficiency and Profit

published: April 27th 2016 by: Scott P. Greiner, Ph.D., Extension Anima source: Virginia Tech

The search for the optimum beef cow is ongoing. Finding her is only somewhat less challenging than defining her. Cow efficiency has been described, researched, and discussed in many different forums, and has taken on numerous definitions....

Capture the pounds

published: April 19th 2016 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

FORT WORTH – In a high or low cattle market environment, capturing the most pounds per calf affects a producer’s bottom line, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Mac Young, AgriLife Extension economist in Corpus Christi, told attendees at the recent Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association convention in Fort Worth that beef producers have obviously enjoyed the record -high prices they’ve received the past couple of years....

Recommendations for Aging Beef

published: March 14th 2016 by: Harold B. Hedrick, William C. Stringer source: Missouri University Department of Food Science and Nutrition

The main reason for aging beef is to improve tenderness and flavor of the meat so that if properly cooked it will be more satisfying to the consumer. Proper aging of beef results in a combination of changes that many people appreciate....

Countercultural Beef Production

published: February 22nd 2016 by: Kris Ringwall source: North Dakota State University

Perhaps it is time to be countercultural. Perhaps most would associate counterculture with lifestyles and the ever-changing human mood, which bring a raised eyebrow from the grandparents. The countercultural mood, however, is slowly creeping into the beef business, which has morphed into a high-input, market-trend business....

Beef Rebuilding Continues

published: February 10th 2016 by: Brenda Boetel source: Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

 U.S. beef cow herd rebuilding continued throughout 2015, as shown by the USDA NASS release of the CATTLE report on Friday, January 29, 2016. The number of all cattle and calves in the U.S. on January 1, 2016 totaled 92....

Measuring Your Cost Of Production And Profit Margin

published: January 20th 2016 by: Jay Parsons source: University of Nebraska Extension

The cost of producing one unit of output is extremely important information in any business. It determines your break-even price which, in turn, helps determine pricing decisions and profit margins....

The Growing Cowherd

published: January 7th 2016 by: Justin Sexton source: CAB

We’ve seen a declining inventory of beef cows since the 1970s, with a couple of partial recoveries. Now that a fairly steady 20-year decline hit bottom a year ago, we have to wonder how many cows our market and resources can sustain....

Cattle Feeding Returns Projected For Remaining 2015 And Into 2016

published: December 17th 2015 source: K State Extension

As 2015 comes to a close, eyes are fixed on what will happen in agriculture in the coming year, including the cattle feeding industry. Glynn Tonsor, livestock economist for Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension, said based on the most recent “Focus on Feedlots” survey, the industry looks to be particularly bleak over the next six months....

Make Winter Days Productive

published: December 1st 2015 source: University of Arkansas

Winter is a good opportunity to catch up on equipment maintenance including lubrication and fluid change of tractors, packing wheel bearings on trailering equipment and checking tires on trailers, field equipment, etc....

Flexible Planning Starts With Practical Cow Sort Lists

published: October 30th 2015 by: Kris Ringwall source: North Dakota State University

  Cowherd planning requires sorting, and it is best done when the cows come home....

Bull Selection Discussed At Cow-Calf Clinic

published: October 29th 2015 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

A herd bull is the foundation of a cattle operation and determines profitability in a cow herd, according to experts at the recent 44th annual South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Brenham. Dr....

Getting A Better Handle On Expenses Involves Keeping Track Of Costs.

published: October 9th 2015 by: Kris Ringwall source: NDSU Extension Service

  When evaluating the cow herd, production and financial records are the report cards....

What’s The Right Cow Size For You?

published: September 30th 2015 source: Missouri Extension

MT. VERNON, Mo. — Beef cows come in all shapes and sizes. The question about cow size comes up frequently according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. "In the last few years it is because the cow herd owners all-of-a-sudden realized they had some cows that weighed 1,600 to 2,000 pounds when they sold them....

Pondering Growth In The Beef Business

published: September 28th 2015 by: Kris Ringwall source: NDSU Extension Service

What is the beef industry doing with all the potential to grow meat in the business? So much information is available today that producers need to make themselves stop and ponder what the information means....

NCBA’s Customizable Beef Recordkeeping Redbooks Provide Place For Calving And Herd Health Records

published: September 21st 2015 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has published the 2016 Integrated Resource Management Redbooks, which will be available starting Octobert 5. The books provide an effective way for cattle ranchers to record pertinent herd information, NCBA says....

Culling Is Important

published: September 10th 2015 by: Dr. Glenn Selk source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Cull cows represent approximately 20 percent of the gross income of any commercial cow operation. Cull beef cows represent 10 percent of the beef that is consumed in the United States. Therefore, ranchers need to make certain that cow culling is done properly and profitably....

Expand Or Not To Expand?

published: September 4th 2015 by: Steve Suther source: Certified Angus Beef

The U.S. herd is growing bigger. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are at least a million more beef cows and replacement heifers compared to last summer – a rapid start to a rebound that should last several years....

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....

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