Strategic Herd Reduction to Extend Limited Feed Resources
Dr. Justin Rhinehart
University of Tennessee
During severe and prolonged drought, beef cattle producers have three basic choices for adjusting: purchase additional hay and/or feed, reduce cattle numbers or a combination of both. Locating additional feed can include buying hay, buying commercial feed, buying commodity feed, grazing crop residue, leasing more pasture or paying for custom grazing in locations with more forage.
Producers seek new nutrient sources in time of low prices
Iowa Farmer Today
A steady rain fell as Tom Saxe checked on some cows in one of his fields recently. That has been the norm this year. Heavy rains across Illinois — especially in the southern part of the state — have helped produce copious amounts of hay. That’s good news for livestock producers who are looking for more affordable feed during a bear market for beef prices.
Don’t Guess at Acronyms Used in Beef Cattle Business
Jane Parish, Ph.D
Many acronyms are used in the beef cattle industry. Knowing exactly what they represent instead of guessing can be important. Here is a cheat sheet for beef cattle producers of some of the commonly used acronyms in the industry.
Winter ration considerations for beef cows
University of Illinois
Feed costs represent over half the total cost in a cow-calf production system. The majority of feed costs are from feeding cows during the winter season when most grasses are dormant. As a result of this, producers can greatly impact the profitability by managing winter feed costs. This article will discuss and illustrate options for developing a least-cost ration on your farm.
BeefTalk: Bull Selection and Understanding the Bullpen
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Beef producers experience a sense of joy and calm while enjoying the moments of hanging out with their cattle and watching the stock grow and mature. In many respects, we are bonded to the livestock we raise. Fighting nature’s elements to properly care for the stock gives way to a feeling of euphoria when mingling with the herd.
Cloning project at West Texas A&M University yields big results
It all began six years ago, with two “one in a million” carcasses, one late-night call and a whole lot of questions. In 2010, West Texas A&M University’s Ty Lawrence was finishing up a routine evaluation at a local meat packing plant when he came across two very rare, Prime, Yield Grade 1 carcasses.
Minnesota Junior Cattlemen’s Association
Brownfield Ag News
The Minnesota Junior Cattlemen’s Association is working alongside the State Association to bridge the gap between producers and consumers. Karlie Breitkruetz of Redwood Falls, president of the Junior Association, says it’s important for the next generation to speak up on behalf of the industry.