How Sorting and Commingling Affects Stocker Costs
Lorie Woodward Cantu
In stocker and feeder cattle businesses, performance and costs normally are tracked by groups, not by individual animals. Generally, the large groups reflecting the cattle’s origin are identified as lots, while the sub-groups resulting from sorting are identified as pens.
Selecting the Right Replacement Heifers
As I was preparing to write this article, I took the liberty to read several articles written by Ph. D’s regarding selecting replacement heifers. Though I often have a tendency to over simplify things, three themes emerged about replacement heifers; 1) replacements are costly, 2) they should be a genetic improvement to the herd, 3) and the heifer should become a fertile cow that produces a calf annually for a long time.
Profitability Starts with a Live Calf
Management strategies from heifer and bull selection to assisting with delivery help assure calves get a good start in life.
Comparison of the Effects of Three Different Dehorning Techniques on Behavior and Performance in Feeder Cattle in a Western Kansas Feedlot
The Beef Site
Dehorning is carried out to protect other cattle and prevent bruising to the carcase. Here C.D. Neely, D.U. Thomson, C.A. Kerr, D.E. Anderson, and C.D. Reinhardt from Kansas looks at the effects of tipping, dehorning and banding on the behaviour and performance of feeder cattle.
BeefTalk: Uff Da!
Ken Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Seven hundred eighty dollars’ worth of hay for a calf: uff da! Seasonal and yearly trends repeat. In fact, in 2008, the same concerns were very evident as the hay yards were empty.
Pre-Planning to Avoid Disasters During Weaning
Sometimes when you wean calves you can have disasters. Some things can be prevented and some things just cannot. Here are a few tips that you could do before or during weaning to make sure you get your calves off to a good start and avoid disasters.
Tri State Livestock News
Summer is moving rapidly. We got a few showers of rain the last few weeks. Not enough to end the drought, but a least enough to bring a little green to the grass. Most of my clients are attempting to gather as much winter feed as possible.