Daily Archives: July 20, 2012

Is a heifer’s calf a good replacement?

Is a heifer’s calf a good replacement?


As with many beef production decisions, retention of replacement heifers needs careful consideration. The question posed is an interesting one and the response comes with some caveats. In general, there’s not any downside to keeping a first-calf heifer’s calf as a replacement so long as the calf meets some key requirements.

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Good management can reduce incidence of heat stress in cattle

Good management can reduce incidence of heat stress in cattle

Oklahoma State University

Understanding and avoiding heat stress in cattle can be a valuable management tool in Oklahoma, where most areas of the state experience 70 or more days each year with temperatures that exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

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BeefTalk: Let the Cattle Rest and Check Water and Check Water and Check Water

BeefTalk: Let the Cattle Rest and Check Water and Check Water and Check Water

Kris Ringwall

Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension

There are days when finding bright spots is hard because the beef industry is in a bit of a tough spot. Things will work out, but, for today, it is tough.

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A powerful management tool

A powerful management tool

Kindra Gordon

The CattleBusiness Weekly

Human resource management is often a term associated with the corporate world – far away from ranches and rural lifestyles. But what if you had the ability to become a better manager and better lead ranch employees – and ultimately enhance their performance and ranch productivity and sustainability?

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Kentucky/Tennessee CPH Moves To 60-Day Weaning

Kentucky/Tennessee CPH Moves To 60-Day Weaning

Wes Ishmael 


Even as historically high calf prices and elevated financial risk limit participation in some add-value calf programs, others are increasing requirements to meet buyer demand.

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Drought threatens financial well-being of livestock sector

Drought threatens financial well-being of livestock sector

Jennifer Stewart

AG Answers

Drought that is spreading across the country is increasing feed prices and quickly spelling financial disaster for livestock producers, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.

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Corral the quality thieves

Corral the quality thieves

Certified Angus Beef

“Deworming is one of the oldest technologies we have access to from an animal health standpoint and is still one of the most economically impactful,” says Mitch Blanding, senior veterinarian with Pfizer Animal Health. He cites an Iowa State University study that says it’s worth $24 per head, just at the stocker segment of the industry.

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A Country Caught in Historic Drought

A Country Caught in Historic Drought

National Journal

The country is currently in the midst of the worst drought in more than 50 years, and its effects are rippling across the heartland and throughout the agricultural economy. Seventy percent of the Midwest is now in a state of drought, which doesn’t bode well for corn and cattle production.

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Drought hits the smallest farms the hardest

Drought hits the smallest farms the hardest

Christopher Weber


There is something distinctly pathos-inducing about a corn plant dying of thirst. Maybe that’s why coverage of the 2012 drought has focused on commodity crops, especially corn.

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Drought Turns Beef Market Volatile

Drought Turns Beef Market Volatile


Skyrocketing grain prices, up 50% over the past five weeks, are making it difficult for producers to feed their cattle, prompting them to sell off early.

The Midwest drought has finally reached a point where it will start affecting prices at the grocery store.

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