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.
Increase Pregnancy Rate
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.
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.”
Cow age and cow productivity discussed
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?
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.
Economic consideration for replacement heifers
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.
Will Your Calves Perform Well in the Feedlot?
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.