BeefTalk: Lower Prices Need Lower Costs
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service
The daily CattleFax report just popped into my email and was not the positive news one would like. The Oct. 10 values were $98.87 for live cattle and $124.65 for feeder cattle. I had a simple thought: “What, two-digit live-cattle prices!” My second thought: “We have got to get costs down!”
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10. Road hunting, especially during hay feeding season.
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
The bars of a head-catch can restrict flow of the blood to the brain, making it important to keep a close eye on any restrained animal to ensure it is not in distress.
5 Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Receiving Protocol
Is your receiving protocol causing stress, or is it seamlessly transitioning your calves and setting them up for future success? The difference between a stressful and a seamless receiving period can have a significant impact on future performance.
3 considerations for improving profitably during cattle business volatility
Andrew P. Griffith
By the time anyone reads this article (about a month after it is written), I anticipate the 2016 fall calf run to be getting underway and producers realizing much lower prices than they have in several years. I also anticipate prices to continue declining through October and November which will mean even lower revenues for producers that delay marketing.
Utilizing body condition scoring can save cattlemen dollars and time.
Body condition score (BCS) describes the relative fatness or body condition of a cow herd through the use of a nine-point scale. A body condition score five (BCS 5) cow is in average flesh and represents a logical target for most cow herds. A BCS 1 cow is extremely thin while a BCS 9 cow is extremely fat and obese.
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Optimize resources For Backgrounding Programs
Heather Smith Thomas
Some ranchers hold their calves over as yearlings, to sell later when they are bigger, and some people buy light calves in the spring to put on grass and grow them to a larger weight. Some put weaned calves into a confinement program—a drylot situation where they are fed a growing ration—until these calves are ready to go to a finishing facility. The term “backgrounding” covers a broad spectrum that could also include preconditioning after weaning.
Making buying decisions can be challenging and using expected progeny differences (EPDs) when buying herd sires may often seem to complicate the decision even more. EPDs have been around for a long time, but they are misunderstood and underutilized.
Retaining Ownership of Beefmaster Feeder Cattle
Beefmaster females have long been recognized as the industry gold standard for productivity and maternal excellence. However, many ranchers fail to recognize the feedyard and carcass attributes of Beefmaster sired steers. Roaring Springs Ranch of Frenchglen, Ore., has been utilizing Beefmaster bulls on their crossbred cow herd in the high desert country of eastern Oregon.