Daily Archives: March 21, 2014

BeefTalk: Are Your Cows Ready to Rebreed?

BeefTalk: Are Your Cows Ready to Rebreed?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The question of the day: Are the cows ready to breed? For many cattle operations, the calving season got started in mid-March, so it will be in full swing soon.

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Take Management Steps to Benefit From Current Prices

Take Management Steps to Benefit From Current Prices

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

While it is unlikely that any cattle producer has not recognized that the beef cattle industry is enjoying exceptional cattle prices, I’ll point out something that should be obvious if you’ve sold any cattle over the last several months: The cattle markets are pretty unbelievable¸ having reached unprecedented high points.

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Basics of high control

Basics of high control

Steve Cote

Stockmanship and Handling Cattle on the Range

Few riders like spooky animals, and nobody wants sick ones. Spooky animals usually have a sensitive disposition and have experienced aggressive handlers. Sick animals are stressed because they have experienced being forced or shoved, slowed and then speeded up, jammed and yelled at.

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When Can Calves be Weaned?

When Can Calves be Weaned?

LSU Ag Center

The goal of a replacement heifer rearing program is to provide the opportunity for the heifer to fully develop her lactation potential at the desired age with minimal expense. The first and most important step in this process is proper development of the young calf.

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Optimizing Feedlot Feed Efficiency

Optimizing Feedlot Feed Efficiency

J. L. Capper, D. J. Hayes

Beef Research Council

The expenses of purchasing a calf and the feed needed to finish it are the two largest variable costs facing the cattle feeding sector. Using less feed to finish a calf would substantially improve profitability in beef production, and may diminish environmental implications.

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IBBA Hosts Sixth Annual Global Roundup Event Mar

IBBA Hosts Sixth Annual Global Roundup Event Mar

Beef Tips

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) hosted the Sixth Annual Brangus Global Roundup Thursday, March 6, 2014, during its annual convention in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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Teff Delivers Market Flexibility

Teff Delivers Market Flexibility

Fae Holin

Hay and Forage Grower

The biggest hitch to teff, a summer-annual grass, has been getting dairy and beef producers to try it, says a Stockton, CA, grower. “But once they feed it, they really like it,” says Nick Mussi. He and his family, who own L & R Mussi Farms, grew 850 acres of the warm-season grass last year and plan to increase that acreage to 1,200 acres this coming season.

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Steps to Improve Cow Herd Efficiency

Steps to Improve Cow Herd Efficiency

Katie Allen

Kansas State University

Business owners are often challenged to find time to sit down, analyze data, and strategize to make their business more profitable and successful. A beef cow/calf operation is one such business, and improving feed efficiency is a main profit-driver.

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Indiana Beef Makes-A-Wish come true

Indiana Beef Makes-A-Wish come true

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield Network

Ahead of Hoosier Beef Congress, the Indiana Beef Cattle Association held an online auction for the first 30 spots in the stalling line.  Each year, proceeds from that auction are donated by the HBC Committee to a specific charity and for the second year, the committee directed the fund to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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