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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....

Factors That Affect Value In Feeder Calves

published: June 30th 2014 source: Penn State University Extension

There are several different factors that impact the price of a feeder calf. Some of these are genetic, some are management, and others are marketing factors. In order to market calves to their fullest potential you must evaluate each of these factors and see how they fit your operation and what the economic returns of each are....

Positioning For The Future

published: May 12th 2014 source: Leaf Chronicle

Many producers in the cow-calf business are considering growing their cattle herds to take advantage of the high cattle prices expected over the next few years. University of Tennessee Extension agricultural economist Andrew Griffith said growing the herd size can take a number of forms such as keeping cows another year, retaining and developing home-raised heifers or purchasing bred heifers....

Grant To OSU To Develop Cattle More Adaptable To Drought

published: May 5th 2014 source: Feedstuffs

Oklahoma State University has been awarded a $1 million grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food & Agriculture to provide some of the first climate adaptation tools for beef producers in the form of water management resources....

Seven Steps To Profit

published: April 28th 2014 source: Certified Angus Beef

What you do on the ranch sets the stage for value at the feedlot and all the way to the consumer. Tom Williams, owner-manager at Chappell Feedlot, has a history of working with ranchers to create profit for both retained ownership and purchased cattle since the early 1990s....

Weaning Time Is A Good Time To Review BQA Guidelines

published: April 19th 2014 source: Beef Quality Audit

It is spring and that means branding time across cattle country. As producers are finishing calving season and preparing for branding/processing, it is important to review Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines....

Steps To Improving Cowherd Efficiency Outlined

published: March 21st 2014 by: Katie Allen source: K State Extension

Knowing inputs and outputs on a cow/calf operation and understanding feed efficiency tools and concepts are vital to improving overall herd profitability. MANHATTAN, Kan. – Business owners are often challenged to find time to sit down, analyze data, and strategize to make their business more profitable and successful....

How Much For The Bull?

published: March 20th 2014 by: Patrick Gunn, Iowa State University Exte source: Iowa State Extension

I often get the question "How much should I pay for a bull?" My first answer is "Whatever the market will bear." Admittedly, that answer really gives no insight into return on investment for the producer relative to traits of emphasis for their particular marketing goals....

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