BeefTalk: Buying Bulls by the Numbers
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The new year brings a new approach to bull buying because the tools involved in bull selection improve each year. Two major improvements this year are ease of use and simplicity of use. Some repetition is involved, especially in going back to breeders one previously has purchased bulls from and the progeny performed up to expectation. The information available continues to gain depth and expands through the many breed databases.
Make Management Decisions with End Goals in Mind
Dr. Brandi Bourg Karisch
Often when beef cattle producers make management, breeding, or culling decisions, it is with a short term goal in mind. That goal is often improving profits or animal performance. However, it is important to remember that the ultimate goal of any beef producer should be to produce a high quality wholesome product for the consumer that they can feel good about eating.
Measuring Fertility Traits Through Genomics #1 Benefit to Commercial Cattle Producers
Oklahoma Farm Report
The advances in recent years for beef cattle genomics has been nothing short of phenomenal. That’s according to Ryan Ruppert, U.S. Sales Director for GeneSeek Igenity. With several researchers, GeneSeek has created a new product called GGP-F250.
Southwestern beef producers deal with effects of severe winter weather
Cow-calf producers should continue to watch their animals for lingering after-effects of the severe winter weather of last week, says a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.
"There is some potential for latent effects of the sustained low windchill temperatures during the recent blizzard conditions," said Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo.
Producers can do more to apply Sandhills method
As many beef producers get ready for calving to begin, they need to keep the health of their calves at the forefront of their planning. South Dakota State University Extension and state public health veterinarian Russ Daly suggests producers implement at least portions of the Sandhills Calving System.
Manage to Maximize Grading and Pricing
Barb Baylor Anderson
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
The right genetics combined with sound management can improve profitability when it comes time to market feedlot cattle, says Ohio State University ruminant nutritionist Francis Fluharty.
The seedstock supplier — a critical relationship
For the commercial cow-calf producer the two most important professional relationships are with the seedstock supplier and the herd veterinarian.
TB found in northern Michigan
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed a medium Alpena beef herd positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB) during routine testing. This is the 63nd confirmed herd since 1998 in Michigan.
We’re Overlooking The Real Farmer Age Problem
One of the most tiresome ag media fixations is the obsession with average farmer age. I have tried to counter such predictable laments, most recently in the February 2011 issue of Top Producer. Short version: Increasing average age is a feature, not a bug.
Beef cattle outlook: potential for profits, but watch costs
Cow-calf beef producers should continue to see profitability in 2016, but they won’t likely enjoy the record-breaking earnings of the past two years. Prices for both fed cattle and calves are expected to trend lower in 2016. But the cost of production also may be lower as fuel and feed prices are predicted to remain flat or slightly lower.