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The impact of dressing percent on cull cow marketing

published: October 27th 2016 by: Dr. Glen Selk source: Oklahoma State University Extension

        Cull cows that are destined to be go to the packing house are graded by their fleshiness. The fattest cows are called Breakers. Moderately fleshed cows are Boners....

Cattle feeding chat builds bridges

published: October 20th 2016 by: Miranda Reiman source: Certified Angus Beef

When it’s just not possible to bring 600 people from across the globe to the feedyard, the next best thing is to bring a little of that Herington, Kansas, family operation to them. Cattle feeders Shane and Shawn Tiffany took the stage during educational sessions at last month’s Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand annual conference in Tucson, Ariz....

Beef producers need to be selective when choosing replacement heifers

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

BRYAN – Spiraling cattle prices in recent weeks are not leaving much wiggle room when it comes to marketing calves and replacement females to fit current trends, according to cattle experts. The recent Brazos Valley Beef and Forage Expo held at the Brazos Valley Livestock Commission featured talks that included purchasing replacement heifers, evaluating feeder cattle and marketing the right type of cattle to achieve maximum profits....

Weaning tips

published: September 22nd 2016 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Extension

Weaning is arguably the most stressful event in a calf's life. Combining stressors at weaning can inhibit immune response triggering health problems and shut off gains. Fortunately, cattle producers can understand stressing events and manage against the freeway pile-up that can occur at weaning....

Indicator cows

published: August 17th 2016 by: Steve Suther source: Certified Angus Beef

When you have just enough cows to name them all, it’s easy to characterize them by appearance, temperament and some might even say personality. Kids like to find names to fit. Twister was one of ours 20 years ago, an outlier for poor docility that left no daughters in the herd....

Heading off heat stress

published: July 25th 2016 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois 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....

Extreme heat and the Livestock Indemnity Program

published: July 22nd 2016 by: Jay Parsons, Dept of Ag Economics source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

With the extreme conditions we have been experiencing this summer, it is important producers diligently document and report their death losses for possible Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) payments....

Dairy herds expected to have decreasing effect on U.S beef production

published: July 13th 2016 by: Donald Stotts source: Oklahoma State University Extension

  STILLWATER, Okla. – Although beef, as a by-product of the dairy industry, rarely exhibits a major influence on dairy industry production decisions, it is important to note that dairy animals contribute a significant portion of total animal slaughter and beef supply....

More Pounds, More Profit--Implanting calves increases operational performance

published: June 17th 2016 source: Zoetis

  With the cattle market in constant flux, producers are putting an even greater emphasis on implants as a means to increase pounds and dollars at every stage of a calf’s life.   “Implants change the rate at which animals deposit muscle, and it makes them more efficient in dietary protein utilization, transferring protein to muscle,” said Daniel Scruggs, DVM, managing veterinarian for Zoetis....

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....

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