A Calving Season Specialist
As a cowman on purebred ranches in both Oklahoma and Idaho, Ron Shurtz has spent his whole adult life as a breeding and calving specialist, getting both natural and embryo transfer calves on the ground and then keeping them alive.
Steve Cornett: A Slow Start for Animal ID
Yawn. Did you see a lot of news coverage about USDA’s new animal disease traceability program last month and you wonder what it means to you?
Sell Cows in their Prime
Any old cow is worth a lot these days, even at 60 cents times 1,000 pounds. That’s what you might get when cows become too old to maintain body condition or some other lurking negative trait catches up with them and they fail to breed back.
Modified Live Vaccines
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
There are risks and benefits to vaccinating cows, especially when pregnant. The biggest risk for any operator, however, is an inferior vaccination program.
Facing Reality: Feed Price Volatility
How high could the corn price possibly go? $9? $12? $24? By when? These are the questions on producers’ minds — and grabbing headlines — in the ag industry. We all want to know if the high is in or if it is yet to come.
Supply and Demand Will Determine Cow Herd Rebuilding as Drought Eases
Oklahoma Farm Report
Some areas of the Southern Plains are starting to come out of the drought, but some are remaining locked in. Eventually, rain will come and the drought will ease. The question will then be how to best go about rebuilding the cow herd.
Efficient Heifer Selection
For nearly my entire cow/calf career, I have done as you have done. I have sorted through my heifers for the number I needed and then sought the best way to develop them.
Looking back over the past few years and the changes we have made in that time, I can start to see some of my mistakes.