Daily Archives: March 14, 2016

Using young bulls in multi-sire pastures and cow-to-bull ratios

Using young bulls in multi-sire pastures and cow-to-bull ratios

Glenn Selk


With spring bull sales in full swing, cow calf operators are assessing their bull batteries and making needed purchases.  Producers often ask about the use of young bulls in the same breeding pasture with older, larger bulls.  In most instances, this is a practice that should be discouraged if at all possible.  Young bulls will normally lose the battle of deciding who is the dominant individual in the breeding pasture. 

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Giving Beginning Cattle Producers a Leg Up

Giving Beginning Cattle Producers a Leg Up

Raylene Nickel


While serving in the Marines straight out of high school, Garrett Dwyer thought often of the ranch back in Bartlett, Nebraska, that had been in his family for 125 years. As the end of his four-year tour of duty neared, Dwyer knew that ranching was his calling. He was uncertain about how to begin, though. His parents’ downsized cowherd and the leasing out of grassland suggested he’d have to start largely from scratch.

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Estate gift to help with cattle research at MU

Estate gift to help with cattle research at MU

Alan Burdziak

Columbia Tribune

Barry and Marge Slayton’s time at the University of Missouri taught them to be willing to adapt to whatever happens in their careers, and the couple wanted to give back to the institution that helped them succeed. On Friday, the Slaytons and officials said the couple had given $2.65 million from their estate to support beef genomics and nutrition research at MU.

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Considerations for the next breeding season

Considerations for the next breeding season

Cliff Lamb

Angus Journal

The breeding season for many producers is approaching fast. Many cattle producers have started their calving season or are preparing to start calving soon.

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Prepare your operation for the new VFD ruling

Prepare your operation for the new VFD ruling

Farm and Ranch Guide

While the new veterinary feed directive, or VFD, drug ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went into effect Oct. 1, 2015, livestock producers can expect to see new labels for medically important antibiotics used on the feed of food animals by Jan. 1, 2017.

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If the only tool you have is a hoof

If the only tool you have is a hoof

Dave Pratt

Progressive Forage Grower

The problems included overgrazing, bare soil and plants in phase one and three side by side. The land had been hammered, but none of these problems looked like nails to me. Even so, at each site we’d visit, the host of the tour said he wanted to hit the range with more hooves. In my opinion, that’s the last thing his pastures needed.

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Longhorns now found in shows, not on range

Longhorns now found in shows, not on range

Houston Chronicle

As Bob Dube dropped off his Texas longhorn at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, he noticed the educational sign near its stall and proclaimed it incorrect. Seven feet? Wrong, he said: That is not the biggest spread a longhorn can have.

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Condition score cows for greater reproductive efficiency

Condition score cows for greater reproductive efficiency


Lebanon Democrat

Do you remember the story about “Goldilocks and the Three Bears?” The story goes that Goldilocks visits the three bears when they are not at home. She finds three bowls of porridge on the table and she tries them. She finds one too hot, one too cold and one just right and she eats the whole bowl. The story goes on, but I think we can apply this principle to cows in the beef herd, as well.

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Selecting a Better Heifer for the Herd

Selecting a Better Heifer for the Herd

Douglas County Herald

During the last three years the beef industry has been wrapped up in the expected herd expansion according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “I believe as we look at the cattle inventory we see expansion has arrived. During the expansion, there’s a tendency to save every heifer that can walk and see,” said Cole. “Those walk and see heifers may or may not breed on schedule and they may not be something you should spend time and money on.”

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Farmers’ Share Of Retail Value Of Red Meat Is Declining

Farmers’ Share Of Retail Value Of Red Meat Is Declining


he spreads between farm prices for hogs and cattle and retail prices for pork and beef have widened over the past 18 months, leading to a decline in the farmer share of retail red meat prices.

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