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Weaning: low stress, common sense

published: November 23rd 2016 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois

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....

Evaluating cattle size

published: November 14th 2016 by: Kris Ringwall source: Beef Talk, NDSU Extension Service

Larger cattle have a 10 percent advantage when a cattle system is evaluated based on calves as the unit of production, but when based on acres as the unit of production, smaller cattle have a 10 percent advantage....

What did it cost to produce that calf you just weaned?

published: November 3rd 2016 by: Aaron Berger source: University of Nebraska Extension

Weaning of spring-born calves has occurred for many cow calf producers. Right after weaning is a good time to analyze the business and see what it cost to produce a pound of weaned calf. Cow costs and thus the cost to produce a weaned calf have shot up over the last 15 years....

Tips for cattle production in November

published: November 2nd 2016 source: University of Arkansas Extension

Hay feeding often begins in November. To improve efficiency of feed utilization in beef cows, Rumensin is a unique type of additive called an ionophore that is approved for use in beef cows. It is very important to forage test each cutting of hay....

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....

When thinking about feed rations, think about weight gain

published: October 14th 2016 by: Marty Anderson PhD source: Zoetis

The ration plays a critical role in cattle performance. Feed is important for getting protein, energy, vitamins and minerals into cattle. Maximizing weight gains and efficiency is normally the goal....

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....

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