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Cattle Production and livestock production articles will include information on production costs and those issues we face that influence our supply and demand.

Budget spreadsheets available for small grain, stocker cattle fall

published: August 15th 2017 by: Blair Fannin

COLLEGE STATION – Budget spreadsheets are available for wheat growers and stocker cattle operators planning fall operations, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist....

Managing heat stress in cattle

published: July 24th 2017 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Beef 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....

Creep Feeding Considerations

published: July 7th 2017 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Beef Extension

When considering creep feeding your spring born calves, many factors will play a role in the decision. While it might always seem like a good idea to supplement calves to push them to heavier weaning weights, there are negatives as well....

Early weaning benefits first-calf cows, calves

published: July 6th 2017 by: Robert Wells source: Noble Foundation

The southern Plains summer heat can be hard on pastures, cows and calves, especially first-calf cows. These cows are in a special class as they are still trying to maintain body condition, actively grow, support reproduction by gestating with her second calf, and lactating....

BIF 2017: Factors affecting feedlot profitability

published: June 21st 2017 by: Gary Fike source: BIF

The Tri County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative first helps producers collect growth and carcass data. They help them benchmark their cattle related to the industry. It is hoped that this information will be used to make genetic improvement....

Help your cattle prepare for higher temperatures

published: May 18th 2017 source: Biozyme

Warmer temperatures are quickly approaching, and that means livestock producers should start considering how to help their animals handle the heat. Heat stress is almost inevitable, but some management practices can be implemented to help animals better cope with rising temperatures....

Consider the consequences

published: May 1st 2017 by: Dr. Justin Rhinehart source: University of Tennessee Beef Cattle Extension

Temperament of cattle has long been recognized to influence production efficiency by having an impact on cattle handling and performance. More recently, scientists have suggested that flighty behavior of individual cattle can also affect the performance of the entire group....

Study says use ear tags in combination with growth implants

published: April 4th 2017 source: K State

A Kansas State University study has shown that cattle producers can improve their profits and add another layer of safety for their herds by using ear tags in combination with growth implants. Beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi said using the two treatments reduces horn flies, a nuisance that costs the U....

Beef cattle inventory numbers--never right, sometimes close and always changing

published: March 17th 2017 by: Andrew Griffith source: University of Tennessee Beef Cattle Extension

The January 1, 2017 Cattle Inventory report was released January 31 and it once again proved three things. 1) I am never right about cattle inventory, few are. 2) I am sometimes close with my projections, but close is a relative term....

Implanting Calves, Increasing Gain

published: February 16th 2017 source: Zoetis

With nearly 70 years in the business, Graham Angus Farm in Georgia is known for its quality Angus genetics. The farm runs a commercial cattle operation and uses every edge to improve production and wean more pounds....

Points of leverage for cattle producers

published: January 16th 2017 by: Aaron Berger source: University of Nebraska Extension

High points of leverage in a cattle production system are places where strategic inputs of time and resources potentially have impacts that are beneficial and significantly greater than the cost. The challenge in managing systems is that the areas of highest leverage may not be the most obvious....

Resolve to make more per cow

published: January 6th 2017 by: Kris Ringwall source: North Dakota State Extension

Every new year brings with it a New Year’s resolution, and this year, mine would be to earn an extra $300 per cow. Think about it. Why not make it happen? I would anticipate trying would be better than simply griping....

Producers play catch-up during winter off-season

published: December 28th 2016 by: Adam Russell source: Texas Agrilife Today

  STARRVILLE – Ryan Roberts, a ranch hand at 7P Ranch near Winona, put his cutting torch flame to the cracked and bent pipe-pocket hinge on a gate leading to separating pens. Ryan Roberts, a ranch hand at the 7P Ranch near Winona, tack welds a tear in a gate hinge that was damaged by a bull....

Cattle breeding systems are at the heart of long-term, cost-conscience, efficient beef production.

published: December 27th 2016 by: Kris Ringwall source: North Dakota State Extension

Pondering in life is good. So let’s ponder this: “Can the beef industry produce terminal and replacement bulls?” Historically, the answer is “yes.” Through the decades, many breeding programs have been proposed to offer cattle producers the opportunity to implement cattle-breeding systems that involve terminal and replacement bulls....

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....

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