Cow-Calf Producers Invited to Talk Strategy at Winter Meeting Series
Iowa Beef Center
Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving returns from their enterprise are invited to attend any in a series of strategy-focused workshops in early 2017 hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Iowa State cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn is organizing the workshops and will share information about feeding, including grazing harvest residue, cover crops and alternative feeds.
Health considerations when marketing cattle
Seedstock producers strive to market desirable genetics to their customers through the bulls and heifers they sell, while commercial cattle producers market calves or yearlings with growth potential to their customers.
Bigger Doesn’t Always Mean Profitable
Cody and Deanna Sand changed their ranch management after a financial analyst looked at the year’s red ink and concluded they just needed to borrow more money.
What is your cost of hay production this season?
Is the market price for hay lower than your cost of production? Do you know your cost of production? I suspect many of us have not calculated it for a while. I recently went through the process of updating a budget for irrigated alfalfa hay in southern Idaho.
Conservation Easements FAQs
Conservation easements are a way to protect open lands such as farms and ranches, wildlife habitats, historic and cultural sites, and scenic vistas from development, while keeping them in private ownership. Conservation easements are flexible to meet the needs of the landowner, protect private property rights while providing compensation to landowners, and can be a way to keep ensure that land remains in agricultural production. Conservation easements can reduce your tax burden and make your family operation affordable for the next generation.
State Beef Checkoff Vote Passes in Iowa
A majority of cattle producers in Iowa voted to reinstate a $0.50 per head checkoff. On Nov. 30, a referendum vote was held with 56% of cattlemen voting in favor of the checkoff, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The Department of Ag still has to certify the results by Dec. 30.
Pruitt as head of EPA, pleases agriculture groups and producers
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced yesterday, the selection of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).The announcement was met with praise and cheers by almost all of agriculture.
Feeder design can reduce hay waste
Tri State Neighbor
Over the last decade hay production has decreased 11 percent while at the same time, hay prices have concurrently increased 77 percent, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Focus on Gut Health and Immunity of Cattle
The Veterinary Feed Directive will be fully implemented in January of 2017. We will still have antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of disease but with added paper work and expense. Therefore, it will be important to focus on gut health and immunity of cattle.
How to improve profit margins in cow-calf operations
Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving the return from their enterprise are invited to a strategy-focused workshop hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension in Mapleton on December 14.