Daily Archives: March 29, 2013

BeefTalk: Good Marketing Captures Available Dollars

BeefTalk: Good Marketing Captures Available Dollars

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Cattle producers need to set focused, systematic goals to capture more net dollars. When the discussion rests on the income side, marketing is the focus. Improved marketing to capture the monies available in the market is the key.

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Bringing Young People Home Means Sharing the Reins

Bringing Young People Home Means Sharing the Reins

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Erin Ridpath stands on the edge of a windy, dry Nebraska corn field near Cambridge and she sees into the future. She sees a herd of grazing, black baldy cows, with calves alongside them. She sees new fences and paddocks. She sees her life. And most importantly, she sees the path to get her there.

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Optimize the investment ranchers make in their bulls

Optimize the investment ranchers make in their bulls

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Bulls play a tremendously important role on cattle ranches. They require a significant monetary investment associated with purchase price, housing costs, feed and veterinary care. They also serve as a source of risk to the ranch, with poor reproductive performance having a great impact on percentage of the cows that become pregnant and the average calf age at weaning.

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Putting average daily gain in context

Putting average daily gain in context


Average daily gain (ADG) is a performance measure that many beef cattle producers monitor. Average daily gain is simply the rate of weight gain per day over a specified period of time. For example, if a calf weighs 600 pounds on June 1 and later weighs 750 pounds on July 31 of that same year, then it gained 150 pounds in 60 days. Divide 150 pounds by 60 days, and the ADG comes out to be 2.5 pounds per day.

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Renewed interest in heirloom cattle from Florida

Renewed interest in heirloom cattle from Florida



An ancient and hearty breed of cattle from Florida could be your next healthy meal.

Known as Cracker Cattle, they are descendants of animals that arrived in Florida with Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1521.

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International Beef Cattle Production Comes to South Dakota

International Beef Cattle Production Comes to South Dakota

South Dakota Ag Connection

Beef cattle production is a global industry. Cattle operations come in every shape and size, says Kalyn Waters, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

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Top 6 Takeaways From National Beef Quality Audit

Top 6 Takeaways From National Beef Quality Audit

Burt Rutherford       


In terms of the sheer number of data points and volume of information, the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) has been perhaps one of the beef industry’s most ambitious efforts.

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OSU Extension expert: Grass not yet ready for foraging

OSU Extension expert: Grass not yet ready for foraging

Tracy Turner

AG Answers

Producers might want to hold off grazing their cattle for a week or so longer than usual because of continued cold weather, an Ohio State University Extension expert says.

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Corn stover: What is its worth?

Corn stover: What is its worth?

Dennis Pennington

Michigan State University Extension

Corn stover is made up of the stalk, leaves, husks and tassels left in the field after harvesting the grain with a combine. This stover can be used to make advanced biofuels or be used as a low quality, emergency livestock feed. There are a number of factors you should consider before you set a price for corn stover.

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Cattle eating habits tracked

Cattle eating habits tracked

Harley Richards

Red Deer Advocate

The animal, which was being finished in a feedlot, was packing on five pounds a day and reached slaughter weight in just 10 1/2 months.

This performance attracted the attention of Basarab, a beef research scientist at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s Lacombe Research Station, and other researchers.

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