Daily Archives: August 9, 2012

Video Feature: Determining Pregnancy Status of Beef Cattle

This video features a discussion about the technologies available to producers to help them determine pregnancy status in beef females.

 

Profit Per Cow, Or Per Acre?

Profit Per Cow, Or Per Acre?

Burke Teichert

BEEF

As livestock producers we often focus on productivity per cow. But that focus, along with intensive selection for growth, hasn’t done much to improve ranch profitability over the last 40 years. In fact, it could be argued that, in constant dollars or buying power, profit per acre has even decreased. Thus, the real measure should be profit per acre or whole ranch profitability.

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Drought-damaged soybeans can make cattle feed

Drought-damaged soybeans can make cattle feed

Duane Dailey

Delta Farm Press

Soybeans that won’t make a seed crop offer potential high-quality forage for beef and dairy producers. The decision to cut beans for hay won’t be easy, say University of Missouri Extension specialists.

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Distillers Good Supplement for Low-Quality Forages

Distillers Good Supplement for Low-Quality Forages

Cheryl Anderson

DTN

With the continuing heat and drought in many Midwestern states decimating most alfalfa and forage, producers are scrambling to find affordable feed for their livestock.

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Bioelectrical impedance and beef carcass yield

Bioelectrical impedance and beef carcass yield

Austin Voyles

The National Provisioner

Current marketing practices of commercial cattle feeders often utilize value-based or “grid” marketing. One dimension of that grid includes discounts or premiums for variation of yield away from a par “USDA Yield Grade 3”. The estimation of yield stems from research conducted in the 1950s with a sample population of steers, heifers and cows.

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Forty fifth Beef Royale planned

Forty fifth Beef Royale planned

Sentinel Tribune

For Forty six years Cottonwood Cattle Producers have hosted one of the beef highlights of Southern Minnesota—Beef Royale.  Beef Royale will begin on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at Double M Ranch, Westbrook, with the Market Steer and Market Heifers registration beginning at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm.

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Two small-town families made Colorado’s Best Beef a sought-after brand

Two small-town families made Colorado’s Best Beef a sought-after brand

Chris Utterback

Denver Westword

Colorado’s Best Beef." The name of the company alone is a bold boast in a state that’s home to roughly 13,000 beef producers. But the owners are willing to back up their claim.

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Seeking hardier breeds for drought, climate change

Seeking hardier breeds for drought, climate change

David Pitt

Atlanta Journal And Constitution

Cattle are being bred with genes from their African cousins who are accustomed to hot weather. New corn varieties are emerging with larger roots for gathering water in a drought. Someday, the plants may even be able to "resurrect" themselves after a long dry spell, recovering quickly when rain returns.

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Based business better off without big government

Based business better off without big government

AgriMarketing

When my friends in Washington, D.C. ask me about Florida, like many people outside the state, they often think of Florida only for its sunshine and beaches. Many of them are surprised to hear that Florida is also home to some of the largest cattle ranches in the country.

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Forage nitrates hottest topic on beef tour at MU Greenley Research Center field day

Forage nitrates hottest topic on beef tour at MU Greenley Research Center field day

University of Missouri

Zac Erwin stood by a drought-stunted field of Sudangrass as he talked to wagon-loads of field day visitors at the MU Greenley Research Center, Aug. 7.

The University of Missouri regional extension specialist said the grass held toxic levels of nitrate and can’t be used to feed the cow herd at the Agricultural Experiment Station east of Novelty. Erwin, from Monticello, Mo., was one of four specialists on the beef tour giving drought advice, including harvesting and ensiling.

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