Beef Quality Assurance: Building foundations for young producers
Just as the foundations of good health are formed when cattle are very young, the foundations for management practices that support Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) should be formed in youth involved in animal agriculture.
Beef’s New Normal
Victoria G. Myers
As cattlemen gather round the bright glow of record prices, there is a marked divide about what it will take to keep demand strong. One camp is staking the future on hamburgers, the other on premium bone-in rib eyes.
Culling Order For Fall-calving Herds When Forage Is Limited
One of the first management tools that should be evaluated for cow/calf producers is to cull poorer producing cows and capture their value at a time when the prices for cows and culled replacement heifers are strong and allow for some capital investment to be used when cattle prices may be lower and forage supplies are more plentiful.
Do Cows Need Protein Supplements on Corn Stalks?
University of Nebraska
Two factors influence whether or not there is benefit to feeding cows a protein supplement when grazing cornstalks. Consider the following when determining whether or not the feeding of a protein supplement is needed.
Fall and Winter Grazing
University of Kentucky
Many options exist to provide livestock with high quality forages for grazing throughout the fall and early winter months. In Kentucky, these options include utilizing perennial cool-season pasture as well as a variety of small grains and brassicas.
Late-planted oats an option when short on feed
Oats, traditionally grown in the spring as a grain crop, can also be planted in the summer as a late season forage, providing a feed alternative for livestock producers short on hay or pasture.
Profitable Cattle Marketing for the Cow-Calf Producer
R. Curt Lacy, Carole Hicks Knight, John C. Mckissick
University of Georgia
Most cattle produced in Georgia come from cow-calf farms and ranches. With cow-calf operations, as with other farm enterprises, making a profit is the only thing that will keep you in business. How much profit you make depends largely on your ability to market your calves.
Optimal Marketing Weight for Fed Cattle
Iowa State University
The dramatic increase in feed costs has feedlot operators looking for ways to reduce feed cost and improve profitability. One decision to re-evaluate is the marketing weight of fed cattle. Pounds of feed per pound of gain increase at an increasing rate as cattle approach market weight.
Extending fall grazing with cover crops can save serious money
In early August the Nicklas Family no tilled a seven species cover crop grazing mix into wheat stubble. With the great growing conditions they have received, they plan to start grazing the sixteen acre field with beef cows in Oct. and will continue into early winter as long as Mother Nature will allow.
Why Would I Want to Background My Calves Rather Than Sell Them Directly Off the Cow?
Montana State University
A primary objective of backgrounding programs for weaned calves is to allow skeletal and muscle development without adding fat. There is usually a price discount for "fleshy" calves purchased to be finished in a feedlot.