Daily Archives: November 12, 2013

The Economics of Ranching

The Economics of Ranching

Montana Cowboy College

Ranching is easy, right?  All you have to do is watch the cows eat grass and make you money.  Wrong!  Many people dream of doing it, and if it was that easy everyone would be doing it.  So let’s take a look at the economics of raising cattle and see why all ranchers aren’t driving Cadillacs.

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Maureen Ogle: Michael Pollan doesn’t get the beef business

Maureen Ogle: Michael Pollan doesn’t get the beef business

Lindsay Ogle


Much of what you think you know about the meat industry is wrong, says historian Maureen Ogle. Sure, the industry is enormous, but its power is limited by narrow profit margins, an impenetrable bureaucracy and elaborate demands from American consumers.

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Digital solutions answering animal health challenges

Digital solutions answering animal health challenges

T.S. Gatz

Prairie Star

The world of record keeping and document creation is changing – and for the better. So long frustration when looking for a document and not finding it. Goodbye needing a health document and not being able to get it quickly. Hello swift and accurately created health documents. Hello always having access to the veterinary documents you need.

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Nursing Calf Worries

Nursing Calf Worries

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Some cows can carry supernumerary teats, which can make it impossible for new calves to get enough milk and colostrum for good growth.

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Herd rebuilding and the heifer/steer ratio.

Herd rebuilding and the heifer/steer ratio.

Larry Corah, Certified Angus Beef LLC

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

In the cattle business, one question is on everyone’s mind: “When will herd rebuilding start?” The most likely answer is, “Soon.” In last month’s Professional Cattle Consultants newsletter, Shawn Walter draws on millions of data points and many years of watching this cyclical business to venture that projection.

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Prepare for winter weather

Prepare for winter weather


It would be only fair to admit that there were no plans to write about preparing for winter weather until the October blizzard that hit South Dakota and surrounding areas. In some cases cattle and horses died in corrals with hay and good windbreaks which reminds us that Mother Nature can be very harsh even when we think we’re prepared.

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Rules of Thumb for Winter Feeding

Rules of Thumb for Winter Feeding

James B. Neel

University of Tennessee

 “Rules of thumb” can be helpful in planning winter feeding programs for cow-calf herds. Following are a few that might be useful. How much hay does a cow need each day? Mature beef cows with an average body condition score (BCS of 5) should eat about 25-30 pounds of average quality, dry hay or its equivalent per day to get her required energy needs.

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Presentation on broken genes in beef cattle

Presentation on broken genes in beef cattle

Dr. Jared Decker, University of Missouri

A Steak in Genomics

One of the focuses of my extension program is helping farmers and ranchers understand how to manage genetic defects in their herds and how science is changing how we identify these broken genes. I recently gave a webinar during the NCBEC Brown Bagger series, which can be viewed here.

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Elanco Acquires Two Vaccines From AgriLabs

Elanco Acquires Two Vaccines From AgriLabs


Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY), today announced the company will purchase the Titanium and Master Guard brands from AgriLabs.

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An Accidental Cattle Ranch Points the Way in Sustainable Farming

An Accidental Cattle Ranch Points the Way in Sustainable Farming


New York Times

When Tom Steyer first learned that his wife, Kat Taylor, wanted to sell beef from the cattle herd on their ranch here, he rolled his eyes.

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