Daily Archives: January 7, 2015

Finding best ways to safeguard beef production in changing climate

Finding best ways to safeguard beef production in changing climate

Mary Lou Peter

Bovine Veterinarian

Under a bright blue, fall Oklahoma sky in a serene setting, cattle are doing what cattle do – quietly moving through a pasture looking for the next best thing to eat. As they graze, instruments are recording how much methane they are producing.

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Warming up to winter grazing

Warming up to winter grazing

Lon Tonneson

Beef Producer

Jerry Doan, and sons Jay and Jeremy, of Blackleg Ranch, McKenzie, N.D., are set up to save as much as $250 or more per head on winter feed costs for their beef cattle again this year. They winter graze their herd on full season cover crops that they grow on cropland exclusively for grazing instead of for grain.

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Track It To Manage It

Track It To Manage It

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension livestock specialist Ron Gill said tracking individual cow performance is really the key to success when it comes to management. There are several simple ways to keep top of mind which cows might need to be culled. You don’t need an elaborate system or even a computer, just a little time.

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Are You Ready for Calving?

Are You Ready for Calving?

Richard Randle

University of Nebraska

It is already time to start thinking about and planning for calving season. Planning ahead and being prepared can help increase the chances of success. You can begin by asking yourself two simple questions. Are my cows ready for calving? Am I ready for calving?

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The Cow is Always Right

The Cow is Always Right

Rachel Gilker

On Pasture

Everything starts with the animal. Truly, everything begins with, rotates around, and ends with the animal too. If you want to work with your herd, you start with looking at what they are doing, and go from there.

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Producers must address cold stress in herds

Producers must address cold stress in herds

Emma Hopkins


Cold stress on beef herds should be addressed for animals during the winter to maintain necessary body condition going into the calving season, a Purdue Extension beef cattle specialist says.

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The 2015 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference, Priceless Education, Free of Charge

The 2015 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference, Priceless Education, Free of Charge

Iowa Beef Center

The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to Iowa’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years; now you can get that information for free according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall.

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Best practices help livestock producers get more from high prices

Best practices help livestock producers get more from high prices

Tracy Turner

Cattle Trader Center

As 2014 comes to an end, livestock producers should assess their beef production enterprises for areas that may need improvement to help ensure they’re able to benefit from the year’s high cattle prices for as long as possible, says a beef cattle expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environemntal Sciences.

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Working to make ‘sustainability’ a non-issue

Working to make ‘sustainability’ a non-issue

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

The sustainability of beef production continues to be a hot topic in many food circles. The president of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Production, Cameron Bruett, says the beef industry needs to make sustainability a non-issue, just as it was able to do with food safety.

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Rancher Linda Gilbert talks about Cattlemen’s Beef Board

Rancher Linda Gilbert talks about Cattlemen’s Beef Board

Trinity Lewis

The Cattle Business Weekly

With shipping season upon us, selling livestock is on the minds of most producers. The logistics of sorting, loading and computing costs can cause one to overlook the finite process that takes place upon exchange of cattle.

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