Daily Archives: November 24, 2014

Indiana Beef Cattle Association meetings

Indiana Beef Cattle Association meetings

Morning Ag Clips

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA), in cooperation with Purdue University and Purdue Extension, has set its schedule for the 10 Area Beef meetings. These meetings are open to all beef producers and will take place beginning in December 2014 thru mid-January 2015. The meetings will feature great food, fellowship and valuable information on beef issues. IBCA will provide an update on legislation and policy while Purdue Department of Animal Science will share an educational presentation related to beef production.

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Increase Pregnancy Rate

Increase Pregnancy Rate

T.S. Gatz

Angus Journal

There’s a certain amount of satisfaction —  and a boost to your bottom line — that comes when more heifers and cows become pregnant during a nice, tight breeding season, and fewer cows are culled due to being open.

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Safe travels

Safe travels

Terri Queck-Matzie


In September, a truck loaded with cattle raced around a curve on an Idaho highway and overturned, killing at least 30 animals.  “Drivers need to be trained in how to handle a load that will shift,” says Ron Gill, professor and livestock specialist for Texas A&M Extension. “It’s important to brake slowly and not turn too quickly.”

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Cow age and cow productivity discussed

Cow age and cow productivity discussed

Robert Bourne

Durant Democrat

At cow culling time, producers often face some tough decisions. Optimum culling of the herd often seems to require a sharp crystal ball that could see into the future. Is she good for another year?

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Handling facilities: Is it time to make a change?

Handling facilities: Is it time to make a change?

The Hays Daily News

Building or improving existing cattle handling facilities is a substantial investment for any cattle operation. However, this is an investment that can make a number of routine tasks easier, more efficient and safer. In many cases, facility improvements must be made within the confines of an existing location or set of pens.

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Economic consideration for replacement heifers

Economic consideration for replacement heifers

Adele Harty


With the current economic conditions in the cattle industry, ranchers may want to take a second look at their plan for herd replacements. Current prices will have some people re-thinking decisions to retain heifers and decide to sell them and capitalize on the exceptional prices instead.

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Will Your Calves Perform Well in the Feedlot?

Will Your Calves Perform Well in the Feedlot?

Curt Arens

Beef Producer

Ranchers can make more money on their calves if they strive for a three-dimensional cow-calf herd. That’s what Tom Brink, founder and owner of Brink Consulting and Trading in Brighton, Col., told about 180 farmers and ranchers attending the first State of Beef conference in North Platte recently.

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The Top 10 annoyances for farmers

The Top 10 annoyances for farmers

Mark Parker


10.  You toss a dead possum as far out of the front yard as you can and your retriever sees you do it.

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Weaber Shares Innovative Ideas in Cattle Reproduction

Weaber Shares Innovative Ideas in Cattle Reproduction

Oklahoma Farm Report

Oklahoma State University hosted a two day symposium recently focusing on genetic reproduction in beef cattle. One of those in attendance was Kansas State University Cow-Calf Specialist Dr. Bob Weaber, who said he picked up a lot of great information about cutting edges advances in beef reproduction management and how they can be an asset in a cattle producers operation.

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What’s a cow worth? Determining the value of a cow important to success

What’s a cow worth? Determining the value of a cow important to success

Dale Hildebrant

Farm and Ranch Guide

Knowing the value of your stock cows is important, whether you are working out a budget for your herd, or getting ready to purchase additional cows for your herd, according to Karl Hoppe, area Extension livestock specialist at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center.

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