Goals Establish Bull Buying Criteria
Tough decisions are part of the deal for those who call themselves cattlemen. A lot of conclusions are focused on the bottom line. Cutting expenses or increasing revenue to create profit.
Biosecurity: Tips on Bringing Home a New Bull
Heather Smith Thomas
Maintaining optimum herd health depends on many things — including a good nutrition program, vaccination and minimizing the possibilities for new diseases to enter the herd. One of the most common ways that new diseases come into a herd is with new animals.
Bargain-Basement Stockers Turn a Profit
Mark Bray has one of the toughest jobs in the cattle business. He makes a living buying 370- to 440-pound highly stressed calves from sale barns and turning them into valuable feeder cattle. It’s a job that starts the minute the calves step off the trailer at Ridgecrest Farm in Stokes County, N.C.
Quick Spring Forage Crops
University of Arkansas
Spring oats (not winter oats) may provide a fairly quick spring forage crop. Other forage management options to improve spring pastures include improved grazing, fertility management, weed control, and deferred grazing to allow other winter-damaged fields to recover. Spring oats are an option where no winter annuals were planted in fall.
What’s on the Consumer’s Mind?
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
When it comes to buying livestock products, consumers value freshness and safety most, according to a recent K-State study.
Future Uncertain For California Cattle Feeders
The future is uncertain not just for Imperial Valley cattle feeders, but for the entire economy of the borderland area of Southern California now that National Beef will go ahead with plans to close its Brawley, CA, beef packing plant.
Corn-Soybean Silage May Cut Feed Costs
Hay and Forage Grower
Combining vining soybeans (inset photo) with MasterGraze corn will make silage high in energy and protein, South Dakota researchers predict.
A Cold Dry Spell Doesn’t Hurt Much
For more than 40 years I have listened to veterinarians and producers from the upper Midwest describe the long, frigid winters of the North Country.
Spring breeding: Preparing bulls for the big dance
As calving season ramps up across the country, it’s time to start planning ahead for spring breeding.
Iowa Beef Center Asks Feedlot Operators for Feedback
Iowa Beef Center
Iowa feedlot operators may soon be receiving a survey in the mail from Iowa Beef Center. As part of its ongoing commitment to providing accurate and timely information to the state’s beef industry, IBC is now asking the feedlot segment for opinions on a variety of topics, according to director Dan Loy.