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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.

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....

Bull Selection Discussed At Cow-Calf Clinic

published: October 29th 2015 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

A herd bull is the foundation of a cattle operation and determines profitability in a cow herd, according to experts at the recent 44th annual South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Brenham. Dr....

Getting A Better Handle On Expenses Involves Keeping Track Of Costs.

published: October 9th 2015 by: Kris Ringwall source: NDSU Extension Service

  When evaluating the cow herd, production and financial records are the report cards....

What’s The Right Cow Size For You?

published: September 30th 2015 source: Missouri Extension

MT. VERNON, Mo. — Beef cows come in all shapes and sizes. The question about cow size comes up frequently according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. "In the last few years it is because the cow herd owners all-of-a-sudden realized they had some cows that weighed 1,600 to 2,000 pounds when they sold them....

Pondering Growth In The Beef Business

published: September 28th 2015 by: Kris Ringwall source: NDSU Extension Service

What is the beef industry doing with all the potential to grow meat in the business? So much information is available today that producers need to make themselves stop and ponder what the information means....

NCBA’s Customizable Beef Recordkeeping Redbooks Provide Place For Calving And Herd Health Records

published: September 21st 2015 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has published the 2016 Integrated Resource Management Redbooks, which will be available starting Octobert 5. The books provide an effective way for cattle ranchers to record pertinent herd information, NCBA says....

Culling Is Important

published: September 10th 2015 by: Dr. Glenn Selk source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Cull cows represent approximately 20 percent of the gross income of any commercial cow operation. Cull beef cows represent 10 percent of the beef that is consumed in the United States. Therefore, ranchers need to make certain that cow culling is done properly and profitably....

Expand Or Not To Expand?

published: September 4th 2015 by: Steve Suther source: Certified Angus Beef

The U.S. herd is growing bigger. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are at least a million more beef cows and replacement heifers compared to last summer – a rapid start to a rebound that should last several years....

CattleFax Webinar Builds Cow-Calf Expansion Roadmap

published: August 31st 2015 source: CattleFax

Cow-calf margins will shrink as the U.S. beef cowherd expands, but producers can ensure future profitability by adjusting business plans for the supply increase. An upcoming free CattleFax webinar will address the scope of expansion and guide producers through the challenge....

Key performance indicators can lead to cattle profits

published: August 19th 2015 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – Key performance indicators have been used in business applications for many years, but not so much in cattle operations. Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in Vernon, discussed 13 key performance indicators, also known as KPIs, at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station recently....

Zoetis Introduces New Tool For Heifer Selection In Commercial Herds

published: August 11th 2015 source: Zoetis

A new genomic test from Zoetis enables producers to affordably and accurately predict carcass quality (marbling), yield grades, grid merit and tenderness in a range of straight-bred or crossbred British and Continental breed animals that are less than 75% Black Angus....

Expansion--What’s Ahead?

published: August 4th 2015 by: Chris Hurt source: Purdue University Extension

It is not hard to find explanations for why the current expansion accelerated so rapidly. The nation's beef cow herd has started down the path of the largest expansion in 25 years. The last major expansion was from 1990 to 1995 when the herd grew by ten percent....

Management, Health, and Nutritional Considerations for Weaning Calves … And Potentially Making You More Money

published: August 3rd 2015 by: Karla H. Jenkins, NE Extension Beef Spec source: University of Nebraska Extension

Weaning time can be a stressful time for calves. Weaning calves at home and selling after the seasonal price pressure subsides can increase profitability. Reducing separation and handling stress, providing proper nutrition, and preconditioning against disease increases the value of the calves and improves their performance when they enter the growing and finishing period....

Water Needs Are Influenced By Environmental Temperature, Class Of Livestock, And Weight

published: July 28th 2015 by: Troy Walz source: University of Nebraska Extension

Many times the importance of water to beef cattle is overlooked. Diets are balanced for carbohydrate (energy), protein, vitamins, and minerals so cattle can achieve a desired level of performance, but cattle have a requirement for water too, and animal performance can be affected by water intake....

Milk Production Puts High Nutritional Demands on Beef Cows Back

published: July 9th 2015 by: Elaine Grings source: Igrow

Is this year’s weaning date already on your calendar? Traditional fall weaning dates arise from a combination of declining forage supply and quantity, declining milk yield in the cow and having calves off the cow before winter weather sets in....

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