Good Records, Rations and Animal Health Boost Sale-Barn Cattle Performance
Using good record keeping, a solid dried distiller’s grain (DDGS)-based ration and a proven animal health system is helping an Oklahoma couple convert five-weight sale-barn question marks into alliance-ready feeders primed for premiums.
Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic, Feb. 14-20, celebrates 20 years
A new team penning event and a fancy prospect pen-of-three heifer show and sale will be among the new events highlighting the 20th anniversary of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic (NCC) in Kearney, NE Feb. 14-20.
Beef Board Elects 2011 Leadership
The Cattlemen’s Beef Board seated new members and elected 2011 officers, as well as members of its Executive Committee and the Beef Promotion Operating Committee, during its annual meeting in Denver Feb. 5.
U.S. corn reserves hit lowest level in 15 years
Christopher Leonard and Sarah Skidmore
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
U.S. reserves of corn have hit their lowest level in more than 15 years, reflecting tighter supplies that will lead to higher food prices in 2011. Increasing demand for corn from the ethanol industry is cited as a major reason for the decline.
Richard Randle: Diagnosing reproductive issues important for cow-calf profitability
Tri State Livestock News
In any cow-calf operation, a producer’s aim is to get a live calf on the ground, preferably towards the beginning of the calving season. When this doesn’t happen, it may be time to pinpoint the problem.
Producer Confidence In Beef Checkoff Growing
A survey of 1,200 beef and dairy producers nationwide was conducted in late Dec. 2010 and early Jan. 2011 by the independent firm Aspen Media & Market Research. This research found that producers’ attitudes toward the beef checkoff program are quite favorable and have improved noticeably in the past year.
UT conferences set for beef producers
To assist local beef cattle producers with the latest research, production and marketing updates, the University of Tennessee Extension has two educational conferences set for the next two weeks: the "Producing and Marketing Farm Raised Beef Seminar" and the "Cowboy’s MBA for Master Beef Producers."
Cover crops work well in most cow-calf operations
Farm & Ranch Guide
Cattle producers from across the eastern half of North Dakota recently had a chance to see how their livestock enterprise and raising cover crops could be a good match in their operation.
Last weekend My Son In-law and I attended Cornell Universities "Winter Green-up" Annual conference in Albany, NY. Although we were far away from any greening up pastures, it was a stimulating 2 day conference that gave us a lot to think about on our 5 hour trip home that should have only taken 3 hours! We were so in depth in conversation that we missed our exit.
Schulenburg teen is the heifer whisperer
San Antonio Express News
On the farm near Schulenburg, Dillan has learned how to calm the four heifers and two dairy cows he tends to each day. If they have a bovine version of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, he has a cure — a gentle voice.