Monthly Archives: February 2016

Missouri continues rebuilding beef cattle herd

Missouri continues rebuilding beef cattle herd

High Plains Journal

Missouri’s cattle farmers and ranchers added 400,000 head to its overall inventory over the last three years, as shown by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service release of the 2016 Missouri Cattle Inventory Report recently. Since 2013, total cattle numbers increased from 3.7 million head to 4.1 million head.

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The Energy Value of Distillers is Greater Than Corn in Forage Based Diets

The Energy Value of Distillers is Greater Than Corn in Forage Based Diets

Mary Drewnoski

University of Nebraska

Distillers grains is greater in protein than corn but it is also greater in energy. When evaluating the cost of supplements for beef cows or calves, producers should be comparing the cost on a per lb of nutrient needed. If one is looking for sources of supplemental energy then the cost per lb of TDN is the way to compare various supplements. Unfortunately, with byproducts it is sometime difficult to know what TDN value to use.

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What is the ideal target weight for heifers? It depends

What is the ideal target weight for heifers? It depends

Wes Ishmael

BEEF

Heifers can be developed to lighter target weights than the traditional 65% of mature weight by the first day of breeding season without sacrificing reproductive efficiency or longevity. But, it depends on the heifers, the environment and nutritional management during and after breeding season.

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BeefTalk: Where are the Breeding Systems?

BeefTalk: Where are the Breeding Systems?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The underlying feel to many discussions today is that cattle are too big. The question often is embedded in other thoughts, such as management, nutrition, reproduction, health or just plain producer ramblings. The question is often vague because data is generally lacking.

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How to stop the most preventable nutritional disease in cattle

How to stop the most preventable nutritional disease in cattle

Paul Beck and Melissa Beck

Progressive Cattleman

Imagine a disease that creates a paralyzing fear in cattle producers, preventing them from utilizing all the forage options available to them. Pasture bloat, also known as frothy bloat, is that disease and is one of the most preventable nutritional diseases in cattle.

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2016 Cow-Calf Production Shows Less Profitability

2016 Cow-Calf Production Shows Less Profitability

Roger Wilson

University of Nebraska

In 2015 the University of Nebraska Agricultural Economics Department formulated four cow-calf budgets. The Sandhills cow/calf producer budget is for a herd of 500 cows and the data is from a panel of producers in Cherry County. The remaining three budgets are the 50-cow herd located in the panhandle of the state, and 300- and 750-head cow herd systems generally located in and around Custer County.

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R-CALF CEO delves into recent drop in beef prices, future proposals that could affect industry

R-CALF CEO delves into recent drop in beef prices, future proposals that could affect industry

Trevor McDonald

Hannibal Courier-Post

n 2015, U.S. beef prices rose to the highest level in history. By the middle of the year, prices plummeted at an unprecedented rate. Bill Bullard, CEO for Ranchers-Cattlemen Legal Fund (R-CALF) — a group that represents individual cattle farmers and ranchers — said the group requested an investigation with the Senate Judiciary Committee into the decline in beef prices, productivity and herd sizes.

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