BeefTalk: I Thought I Was Doing Better Than That!
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
When evaluating the cow herd, production and financial records are the report cards. But we all know from school that what goes into the individual grades is what determines the final grade. Having taught class, as well as raised some children, a learning point always comes up when a student or child says, “I thought I was doing better than that!” as he or she tries to explain why the grade is not an “A” and actually turned out to be a “B.”
It’s all about the VCPR
Upcoming changes in rules regarding the use of medicated feeds likely will cause a few headaches among producers and veterinarians, but in the long run, should promote stronger, beneficial veterinarian-client-patient relationships (VCPR).
Corn stover baling logistics
Kevin Gould, Dennis Pennington and Paul Kamp
Michigan State University
Recent growing seasons have created needs for additional forage and feed stock in the United States. In addition, since 2007, significant acres have been diverted from forage production to grain production. Crop residues have bridged the gap in many situations as livestock producers are “learning on the fly” how to harvest, store, and feed crop residues.
Preconditioning with BQA in mind
Preconditioning is a set of management decisions relating to vaccination, weaning, nutrition and housing that maximize health and future growth potential of cattle in the feed yard. Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a set of best management practices to limit carcass losses and to avoid violative residues in beef carcasses. This article will focus on topics important to preconditioning programs.
Reducing stress on calves at weaning is important
High Plains Journal
The weaning of calves is one of the most stressful parts of most it’s life. In some situations, not only is the calf removed from it’s dam, the calf is moved to a new location and offered a different ration. Numerous research studies show that calves weaned using low stress methods have less sickness, less death loss and gain more weight during the succeeding weeks after weaning.
You Can Lease Land for Winter Grazing and Make More Money
At the end of his SARE-funded project looking at the possibility and profitability of winter grazing in the Northeast, farmer Ridge Shinn concluded that a farmer could afford to pay $100 per acre to lease pasture/hay land to graze during the winter and still spend less than the $500 dollars per acre it would cost to feed hay.
Dropping Demand Not the Reason Cattle Prices Have Fallen Hard
A year ago, talk around the coffee table had one rancher telling how he got $3/lb. for his calves and another said he sold his for more than $1,500/head, a price he was sure he’d never live long enough to see.
They chatted more, reflecting on how much this market had improved in the last five years, and all agreed the consumer must really like beef. They sure kept buying it, so that thing economists call beef demand must be the real deal.