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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....

USDA Say Cattle Dressed Weights Reach Record Levels

published: November 21st 2014 source: Economic Research Service

The average weight of cattle slaughtered in the United States is increasing in 2014, as rising prices for cattle and beef, coupled with declining feed costs, have induced growers to feed cattle for longer periods....

Merck Announces Changes To Get Zilmax Back On Market

published: November 6th 2014 source: Merck

SUMMIT, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck Animal Health (known outside the United States and Canada as MSD Animal Health) is pleased to announce significant progress in the implementation of its Zilmax Five-Step Plan....

Using live animal carcass ultrasound information in beef cattle selection

published: October 17th 2014 by: Rhonda C. Vann, Jane Parish and Brandi B source: Mississippi State University

In some instances, value-based marketing systems can be economically advantageous to cattle producers. Monetary rewards are sometimes available for producing a high-quality, consistent end product that meets consumer demands....

Time To Sort

published: October 10th 2014 by: Kris Ringwald source: University of North Dakota Extension

The cow is the source of production, so keeping her in shape is critical. Today’s point is that cows will regain body condition easier when production demands are low. Also, as a general rule, when the living have adequate food but are limited to little activity, weight gain occurs....

Value Of A Pound

published: October 3rd 2014 by: Chirs Reinhardt source: K State University Extension

What’s another pound of calf worth at sale time? Is it simply the same as the value per pound of the calf,or is it more complicated than that?     This is actually quite important in order to make good decisions going into weaning time regarding any value-added management programs we may want to implement....

NCBA’s 2015 Record Books Available For Purchase

published: October 1st 2014 source: NCBA

DENVER - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the largest and oldest national organization representing U.S. cattle producers, has published the 2015 Integrated Resource Management Redbooks....

Preconditioning Adds Value To Fall Calf Sales

published: September 16th 2014 by: Steve Swigert source: Noble Foundation

Cow-calf producers with calves to market in the fall of 2014 are going to have some interesting decisions to make. With calf market prices at all-time highs and feed prices lower than the past three years, are the calves going to be sold at weaning or are they going to be kept until a later date to make additional income? It is crucial to determine what is best for the calves and what is best for the operation financially....

Using Body Condition Scores

published: September 8th 2014 source: Michigan State University Extension

Body Condition Score is a term used often in beef cattle discussions, however, some producers may not know what it means and how it can be used as a management tool for the herd. For many years, astute cattle producers have been visually apprasing their livestock....

Management Strategies to Reduce Stress at Weaning And Improve Calf Performance

published: September 2nd 2014 by: Aaron Berger source: University of Nebraska

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. Calves are being removed from their dams and a herd social structure that they were comfortable in and are often being moved into a different environment with new feed and water sources....

Ranchers Weigh Options On Replacement Females

published: August 27th 2014 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – When it comes to replacement heifers in beef cattle operations, producers are faced with a dilemma: Raise them, buy them or sell them and “take the money and run,” said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist....

Where does beef come from? The United States has the biggest grain-fed beef industry in the world, with several states taking the lead in production.

published: August 14th 2014 by: Julia Darnton and Lauren McGuire source: Michigan State University Extension

As much as people would like to believe they know, a vast majority of Americans could probably only say which grocery store their beef came from, as opposed to the geographic area it was raised in. Today, the grocery store grind can lull many into a sense of education about the food they buy and eat, but the reality is that the grocery stores generally only present consumers with labels that identify “organic” or a “product of the U....

Young Calves, Summer Heat And Water Consumption

published: July 14th 2014 by: By Karla H. Jenkins, UNL Cow/Calf, Range source: University of Nebraska

Many producers have found calving in late spring or summer allows them to match their feed resources to the cow’s nutrient requirements better than spring calving. Producers who choose to calve at this time need to also consider the water requirements of young calves during the heat of summer....

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