Cull Cows: Opportunities to Add to the Bottom Line
Lorie Woodward Cantu
"Many producers choose to dispose of these animals as quickly and easily as possible, without giving much thought to increasing their salvage value," says Carl Homeyer, state agriculture economist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Temple. "This can be a mistake because cull animals can represent 10 percent to 20 percent of a cow-calf operation’s annual gross revenue."
Good Doin’ Cattle
Angie Stump Denton
For more than a century, Wiese & Sons has been raising problem-free Hereford bulls and females that are selected to be efficient, profitable beef cattle.
Figuring the Odds on Preconditioning
If you pull calves off their dams and load them up without weaning or vaccinations, you might feel it’s the cheap way out. But the odds are against you.
Vitamin D Didn’t Stop Toughening
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Zilmax® (zilpaterol hydrochloride) is often fed at the end of finishing periods because of its favorable effects on performance and carcass leanness, but there are often unfavorable effects on tenderness.
Farmers, Ranchers Faced With Ergot Issues This Summer
Cool, wet spring has farmers on the lookout for ergot and symptoms of ergot poisoning in livestock and beef herds.
Proponents of grass-fed beef say it’s healthier
Asbury Park Press
Danny Murphy is sold on grass-fed beef.
So much so that Murphy, owner of Danny’s Grill in Red Bank, will soon expand his restaurant’s current offering of grass-fed New York strip and rib eye steaks to include filet mignon and chuck hamburger.
New Oklahoma Cattlemen Association leader optimistic about state cattle future
Southwest Farm Press
Michael Kelsey intends to put his brand on the issues challenging Oklahoma cattlemen. Drought affects cattlemen today just as it did when their great grandpas moved cattle by horseback from one range to another.
Improving welfare reduces stress, risk of BRD in herd
Bovine respiratory disease remains a major cause of sickness and death in beef and dairy calves, despite the availability of respiratory vaccines and treatments.
“How much bovine respiratory disease you get varies from year to year,” said veterinarian Anthony Confer of Oklahoma State University.
How To Receive Full Value For Your Calves
W. Mark Hilton
I’ve written many articles on preconditioning (PC) over the years, but few generated the response of my May BEEF column, in which some readers challenged my contention that everyone should wean calves before selling them.
Beef cow herds shift as new technology brings changes
The Missouri cattle herd has changed, and bigger changes are ahead, says Scott Brown, University of Missouri livestock economist.
There’s a cow population shift from north to south in Missouri, Brown says. The reason: Corn and soybean crops return more per acre than cows.