Winter is critical to beef cow operation success.
Michigan State University
The winter of 2013-14 is fresh in the mind of most cow-calf producers. Many producers experienced severe condition that started in October in the Dakotas and lasted until May in many states. Cold stress, mud and marginal feed quality and supplies lead to significant losses in many areas and nobody wants a repeat of last winter.
Results of Adjusting Feed Levels for Cows During Cold Weather
Beef cow nutritionists have known that cow energy requirements increase in cold weather. There is not much we can do about the weather, however adjustments in the diet of the range beef cows can mitigate the effects of the winter weather.
Because cow-calf operations characteristically have high operating costs and deal with fluctuating input and sale prices, ranches typically operate within a narrow profit margin.
Does Winter Backgrounding Present an Opportunity this Year?
Greg Halich and Kenny Burdine
Cow-calf operators are currently enjoying the strongest fall calf market on record. While calf prices typically decrease from summer to fall, that has not been the case this year.
Economist: Livestock’s ‘Mini-boom’ Likely to Last for a While
The mini-boom, brought on by lower grain prices and record-high animal prices, could foster opportunities for expansion of herds and flocks. It’s a change from 2006-2012, when livestock farmers downsized to cover higher feed costs.
Have your say on new beef checkoff
Wilson County News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking input from the public to guide its development of a new industry-funded promotion, research, and information order (also known as a “checkoff program”) for beef and beef products.
New leadership for House, Senate Ag Committees
U.S. Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) was named the 50th chairman of the House Agricultural Committee. Selected by the House Republican Steering Committee, Conway succeeds Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), who has held the post since 2011.