Daily Archives: March 9, 2007

Variable cattle, variable profit

Variable cattle, variable profit

 Certified Angus Beef

 The number of Texas feedlot cattle sold on pricing grids has increased over the last 10 years. This value-based marketing provides premiums for cattle that fit certain specifications and discounts for those that don’t. Profitability on these grids can be improved by marketing animals at an ideal time. One common problem in meeting the ideal is variable size and finish in most pens of cattle. The more uniform a set of calves, the more opportunity for premiums and less risk of grid discounts.


Care of the Newly Purchased Young Bulls

Care of the Newly Purchased Young Bulls

 Dr. Glen Selk, Oklahoma State University

 Yearling Bulls

          Yearling bulls should be well-grown but not too fat.  The energy content of a ration should be reduced if bulls are getting too fat.  Fat bulls may fatigue rapidly, contributing to fewer cows conceiving.

         For a yearling bull to be used successfully, he should have reached puberty 3 to 4 months before breeding time.  The age of a bull at puberty depends on several interrelated factors, but size or weight and breed are probably the controlling factors.

        The production of semen by a young bull largely depends on his overall growth as well as the development of his testicles and other reproductive organs.  The size of testicles and volume of semen produced are positively correlated. 


Cattle Feeding: Selection For Feed Intake & Production Efficiency

Cattle Feeding: Selection For Feed Intake & Production Efficiency


 Much of the emphasis on genetic selection focuses on improving beef cattle productivity. Higher weaning and yearling weights and better red meat yield and quality are often emphasized in breeding programs. Yet there is remarkable potential to reduce input use and improve the profitability of beef cattle operations through selection for feed intake.


Take a Proactive Stance to Prevent Bloat

Take a Proactive Stance to Prevent Bloat

 by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS
Cattle Today

About this time each year my phone starts ringing with producers complaining of bloat problems. In some cases the producer is faced with an isolated case or two. In other cases the effect is disastrous with many cattle being affected. Each year in the late winter and early spring as temperatures warm and moisture levels increase in many areas, growth of lush grasses and legumes increases dramatically. This problem could be especially true this year in areas that have been under severe drought and have now been receiving some decent rainfall for the first time in months. While the improved moisture is a blessing the potential problems may not be.


Forage management steps for a dry spring

Forage management steps for a dry spring

 By Russ Mathison,
University of Minnesota, Minnesota Farm Guide

Several weather monitoring sources are indicating a dry spring in 2007 for much of Minnesota.

 A dry spring in 2007 combined with a dry growing season in 2006 and reduced snowfall in the winter between could have several implications for forage production, and management, for the 2007 growing season.


Livestock on the Brown ranch harvest cover crops

Livestock on the Brown ranch harvest cover crops

Farm & Ranch Guide

Gabe Brown is one of many no-till producers in North Dakota who are taking advantage of cover crops and other management methods to improve soil health.

Ultimately, he has been able to produce the kind of nutritious forages that can be grown from a high organic matter content soil on the Brown’s ranchland land located 25 miles east of Bismarck.


K-State Extension: Understanding Soil Nitrogen

K-State Extension: Understanding Soil Nitrogen


 MANHATTAN, Kan. – It´s understood that not all of the nitrogen (N) that crop producers pay for will actually be available for plant uptake. Some of it will be lost through volatilization, denitrification, leaching or surface runoff and some may even be unavailable due to immobilization, said David Whitney, Kansas State University Research and Extension Professor Emeritus of agronomy.