Daily Archives: December 3, 2014

4 Considerations for Beef Cattle in Winter Weather

4 Considerations for Beef Cattle in Winter Weather

Beef Producer

To minimize the effects of adverse weather conditions, cow-calf producers should plan ahead as much as possible and ensure cows come through the winter in good conditions, Michigan State University Extension specialists say.

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Heifer retention shapes current feedlot, carcass performance

Heifer retention shapes current feedlot, carcass performance

Larry Corah

Certified Angus Beef LLC       

It’s hard to pick up a farm paper without seeing an article speculating on cowherd expansion. Yes, there are logical reasons for that, starting with the obvious: cattle prices. Next in line is the above-average forage now available in much of cow-calf country, long plagued by drought. A factor generally not mentioned is revenue management.

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What did it cost you to produce a calf this year? What will it cost you in 2015?

What did it cost you to produce a calf this year? What will it cost you in 2015?

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

2014 will go down in the record books as one where record profits occurred for many in the business of producing weaned calves. Was your cow-calf business profitable this year? What did it cost you to produce a pound of weaned calf? What do you project it will cost in 2015?

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Handling Facilities Cut Stress

Handling Facilities Cut Stress

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

When it’s time to rework corrals, try to avoid chutes with overly wide lanes, and fit chute size and weight to cattle size.

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Conditioned cattle demand premium

Conditioned cattle demand premium

Beef Central

Over the past two years conditioned cattle in the eastern states (C3 condition score) received a 12¢/kg lwt premium over those with slightly less finish (C2 condition score), as restockers withdrew from the physical market, while processor demand for quality slaughter cattle remained relatively strong.

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Recommendations on Nutrition and Management of Incoming Feedlot Cattle

Recommendations on Nutrition and Management of Incoming Feedlot Cattle

Hugh Chester-Jones and Alfredo DiCostanzo,

University of Minnesota

Beef cattle feedlot managers are faced with one of the major challenges to their potential feedlot profitability when attempting to minimize the negative effects of stressed newly received cattle, and attain optimal response to new nutritional and environmental regimens.

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Biologically Effective Grazing Management Workshop Set for Jan. 6-8

Biologically Effective Grazing Management Workshop Set for Jan. 6-8

Farm and Ranch Guide

A biologically effective pasture and harvested forage management workshop will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 6-8, 2015, at the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center.

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Opportunity KNOCKS

Opportunity KNOCKS

Benjamin Herrold

Iowa Farmer Today

February appeared to arrive in November for Missouri, with record cold temperatures and snow falling on much of the state. But, the sun was out Nov. 18, and so was Denny Pogue, checking on the future site of a fence-building project.

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The world requires more cattle that are managed and bred differently

The world requires more cattle that are managed and bred differently

JOHANN ZIETSMAN

Profitable Ranching

An article, written by Evelyn Rusli, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal (October 7, 2014) illustrates man’s ignorance and arrogance in respect of the world we live in and the natural processes that sustain us. 

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Why do forage quality results differ between labs?

Why do forage quality results differ between labs?

Marvin Hall

Progressive Forage Grower

As I visit with hay producers and buyers, I hear comments about “collecting two samples from the same lot of hay, sending them to two labs and getting results that are not identical.” This is generally followed by something to the effect that “one of the labs must be wrong.”

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