BeefTalk: Grandma and Grandpa Are Worried!
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
From the turn of the century, the year 2000, the average cost of raising a calf has almost doubled. Today’s cow-calf producers are enjoying a revenue stream never before realized by the industry. This is good. So why are grandma and grandpa worried?
Grazing Without Fences: the Economics of Supplement Blocks to Target Grazing
Are your livestock under-using some parts of your pasture? Would you like an alternative to fencing to get them to graze in those places? Well, here’s a potential solution for moving your livestock across large landscapes and help them gain more weight too. Xcel-based calculators are included to help you estimate costs of using this tool.
The time is right
The U.S. herd is growing bigger. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are at least a million more beef cows and replacement heifers compared to last summer – a rapid start to a rebound that should last several years.
Continuing education is a must for all ages.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” This Thomas Edison quote I heard recently reminds me of the importance of the Future Angus Stockmen program geared toward youth who will become our next generation of beef producers.
High Forage Quality Important for Cattle Nutrition
High quality forage is essential to beef cattle’s nutrition and beef producers’ bottom lines, said University of Georgia Extension forage specialist Dennis Hancock.
Preconditioning Calves: Can it Add Value to You as Cow-Calf Producer?
University of Nebraska
Weaning time is just around the corner and cow-calf producers are now faced with the decision of calf placement after weaning. Producers have a few options for their calves after weaning. Calves can be sold immediately after weaning, they can undergo a preconditioning period before sale, they can be retained as long or short yearlings and then sold, or they can enter a feedlot with retained ownership.
Blunt says a higher judge could decide WOTUS
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri tells Brownfield he’s not a lawyer, but it appears the EPA’s Clean Water Rule is going into effect for 38 states –and he says, fortunately, Missouri’s not one of them, at least for now. Missouri is one of 13 states that got a temporary injunction last week to prevent the so-called Waters of the U.S. rule from going into effect.
Internship Opportunities Available for the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show internships.
OSU Extension to offer Beef Cattle School Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and 16
Beef cattle producers who want boost their profit potential and become more competitive in the cattle industry can learn how by attending the 2016 Ohio Beef Cattle School series Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and 16.
Testing hay can save supplement dollars
During a recent drive in Northeast Oklahoma, the abundance of hay in big round bales was quite evident. Producers are glad to have adequate supplies of hay as fall and winter approaches. Cattle producers must remember that quantity and quality of hay are independent characteristics of their hay crop.