BeefTalk: Vaccinate to Protect Ranch Assets
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Protecting one’s assets is another term for fall calf vaccinations. One does not need to view very many market reports to understand that the asset value of a calf has gone up. In other words, calves are worth good money.
It Is Never Too Late To Plan For Feeding Season
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Cattlemen are constantly faced with a list of decisions they have to make. At this point most of them focus on how they will manage and care for their herd over the next few months – primarily winter.
The cure to record prices
John Michael Riley
I think all marketing economist have, at some point, been told the saying that nothing cures high prices like high prices. I attempted a quick search for whom to attribute this line to with no answer (FYI: the search terms “cure”, “high”, “prices”, and “quote” will fill your results with stock market quotes for the Direxion Daily Healthcare Bull 3X Exchange Traded Fund). Many might argue that live and feeder cattle futures, and more recently cash feds and feeders, have been “cured”.
Genetics May Solve Cattle Health Challenges
Recent advances in animal genetics have accelerated the use of genomics in the beef cattle. Scientists say developing genetic tools to limit Bovine Respiratory Disease, or BRD could save sectors of beef industry millions of dollars. Washington State Animal Scientist Dr. Holly Neibergs explains
Plastic Barrel Train Feeder Works Well For Supplements
The right kind of supplementation can be very profitable, but how to feed it effectively sometimes seems difficult. An example I have written about before is the need for protein supplement during times when cattle are grazing at ultra-high-stock density on dormant forage. Often I like to use flaxseed meal for the protein.
Do You Want Progress Or Change In Cattle Breeding?
Most improvement in performance comes with a cost. Often, that cost is in the reduction of performance in another trait, a reduction in stocking rate, or higher feed costs, each of which can take several years to become obvious. We need to be sure the added revenue is greater than the added cost.
Overgrazing and Preventative Management Strategies
Overgrazing can be damaging, not only to the natural balance of grazing lands, but to producers’ bottom lines, as well. To avoid overgrazing, managing livestock on grazing lands requires graziers to be flexible and understand the complex soil-plant-animal relationship involved.