Swath Grazing: Extending the grazing season
Producers are always looking to cut costs in livestock operations because of marginal profit opportunities in commodity based markets. One proposed way to cut fall/winter feeding costs is to extend the grazing season and allow the livestock to harvest the resource instead of relying on mechanical harvest. This will reduce the labor required to cut, bale, and feed hay.
Calibrate your poo meter
Learn to read the diet quality by various manure conditions and you can better manage grazing and supplementation. This collection of dung pictures from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation at Ardmore, Oklahoma, were created for that purpose.
Are Genotyped Embryos the Next Market Opportunity?
A technology once limited to the research lab is moving mainstream. Just a few cells off a bovine embryo can tell a producer not only its genetic makeup and sex, but whether it will be the right fit for a particular breeder’s program.
Beef profits may hinge on forage quality
Hay and Forage
Margins are precariously thin for cow-calf and stocker operations. As the time has come to hunker down for winter feeding and grazing, harvested forage quality may very well be the determining factor between profit or loss.
What is ‘sustainable’ agriculture? Consumers’ ideas vary
On the Farm Radio
Consumer perception plays a huge role in how companies describe themselves, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, a USFRA member organization. USFRA findings reveal nearly 8 in 10 consumers identify with four key points when it comes to farming and sustainability: soil, water, air and habitat.
40 Ways Cattle Ranchers and Farmers Help the Environment
The cattle farmer and rancher commitment to the environment goes beyond just lip service. Here are 40 ways raising beef is greener than you think…
Busted corral? It might cost you more than you think
Pondering that busted corral and the cost to fix or repair it seems straightforward enough. Especially when margins are thin, fix what’s needed and put up with what you have.