Daily Archives: November 25, 2016

The secrets of the low-cost cattle producer

The secrets of the low-cost cattle producer

Melissa Beck

Progressive Cattleman

Cattle prices may not be in the tube yet, but they’re circling the rim, and producers have no control over the markets. What we can control are input costs; it’s one way we can maintain profitability and ride out the hard times.

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Bull Growth and Development are Important

Bull Growth and Development are Important

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

In many purebred operations, bull sales make up a significant portion of their cash flow. Therefore, bull growth and development is very important to the overall success of their operation. Many cattlemen who produce bulls spend a great amount of time on the genetics they use and their breeding operation.

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Alternatives to winter range

Alternatives to winter range

Gayle Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

With tougher decisions looming whether to market weaned calves, producers may want to look at backgrounding as an alternative. Dr. Mary Drewnoski, beef specialist with the University of Nebraska shares some economical ways producers can background calves through the winter months without utilizing winter range.

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Do veterinarians follow federal or state VCPR?

Do veterinarians follow federal or state VCPR?

Nebraska Farmer

The veterinary feed directive is due to be implemented next month and producers and veterinarians are finalizing implementation plans. Under the updated veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule, licensed veterinarians issuing VFDs are expected to operate in compliance with either their state-defined veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) or the federally defined VCPR. But how do they know which one to follow?

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Riding Out the Storm

Riding Out the Storm

Kendal Frazier

American Cattleman

By any account or measure, this has been a challenging year for the cattle industry. As cattlemen and women, we understand correction in the market, but this year we’ve seen volatility that feels more like a hurricane than a shift in wind direction.

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As You Tighten Your Belt, Think of Tightening Your Breeding Season

As You Tighten Your Belt, Think of Tightening Your Breeding Season

Dr. Les Anderson

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

After a few years of record market highs for feeder calves, the markets have suddenly corrected and times have certainly gotten tougher. We can’t control the markets but we can control our productivity and our efficiency of production.

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Capik joins Texas A&M as ruminant animal health researcher in Amarillo

Capik joins Texas A&M as ruminant animal health researcher in Amarillo

Kay Ledbetter

My Plain View

Dr. Sarah Capik has started in her new position as an assistant professor in ruminant animal health with Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Amarillo and the department of veterinary pathobiology at Texas A&M University in College Station.

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Handle shrink and get a better handle on the bottom line

Handle shrink and get a better handle on the bottom line

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

In the great scheme of things, you can argue that the weight lost via cattle shrink never disappears from the industry, permanently, considering compensatory gain and whatnot. Likewise, buyers—either through the pencil or the price—are unlikely to ever pay for weight that’s not there.

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Nice and Easy Pays the Way

Nice and Easy Pays the Way

Clay Coppedge

Progressive Farmer

All of the stocker cattle arriving at Diamond A Ranch come with baggage. Some have been treated and handled with respect, others not so much. With one look, Jerry Armstrong can usually tell which camp arriving cattle fit into.

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Size matters when it comes to forages fed to beef cattle

Size matters when it comes to forages fed to beef cattle

Kay Ledbetter


Dr. Jenny Jennings, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research beef nutritionist in Amarillo, and her team are on their second research trial aimed at determining forage needs for proper rumination in beef cattle consuming high concentrate diets. "We want to feed finishing cattle in an efficient manner that best utilizes our commodity resources while maintaining animal health and well-being," Jennings said.

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