BeefTalk: Is a Cow Ever Too Ornery?
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Having worked cattle for years and too many sheep to count, one develops a feel for the rogue cow or calf. Maybe it is just a quick look or an intense stare. There also are those animals that you know are not going to have a good cohabitation experience.
Growth, Grade Correlated to Profit
You know that genetics set the base for profitability in all segments of the cattle industry. Earlier this year, Shawn Walter and Ron Hale of Professional Cattle Consultants summarized feedlot data showing what kind of cattle generate added dollars. And guess what? The high growth, high grading cattle were most profitable. Fortunately, both can be achieved in the same cattle through genetic selection.
Hoop Barns, No More Mud
Mud isn’t something drought-plagued producers have dealt with in a while. However, with the weather extremes that ag producers have become accustomed to, it’s a sure bet that mud will be a problem again soon enough.
Cow Lease/Share Arrangements
According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, South Dakota’s cow herd totals ranked fifth nationally – up by 5 percent from 2012.
Make adjustments to care for cattle as temperatures drop
Understanding cow condition and providing access to extra energy can prevent cold stress in the herd as freezing temperatures affect ranches across the country this weekend.
What are beef processors making out of slaughter cattle?
Beef Central’s report last week, “A$ falls to three-month low, but will export processors share the love?” has triggered discussion about current processor returns, and how much they have been impacted by currency movements, drought oversupply and other factors.
Missouri Grazier Says He Can Balance Grass And Stocker Management
"There’s nothing you can do to make money in agriculture like growing grass," says Missouri grazier Bob Salmon.
Salmon says he tried a number of farming endeavors over the years but the use of planned grazing to help the grass grow better and to parcel it out to livestock is the thing that’s paid the bills for this first-generation grass farmer.