BeefTalk: Grain Truck or Cattle Truck: Which One Should I Load?
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The increase in beef cows requires utilization of cropland. Land use is embedded in long-term thinking and the individual desires of those involved in farming and ranching. Agricultural production systems incorporate land eco-types, along with associated capital purchases and investment in equipment. Once these systems are implemented, change is difficult to initiate.
The Stocker Producer
Dr. Andrew Griffith
University of Tennessee
There are good cattle producers and there are bad cattle producers. However, there is one producer in the business that has no room for being a bad producer and that is the stocker producer. There have been bad stocker producers, but bad stocker producers go out of business extremely quickly because the money disappears even quicker.
Benchmarking Your Herd to Improve Profitability
University of Nebraska
Benchmarking your herd can be an important tool to look at your cost and revenues compared to other beef producers. Producers can look at where their expenses are high compared to other similar cow/calf producers. Benchmarking can give you better feedback the more similar the operation.
Figuring pasture rent as a share of the calf.
Countlessnumbers of cow-calf producers have launched fledgling enterprises or expanded existing operations by leasing cows. Arguably the most common arrangement is for cows to be leased on a share basis whereby the cow owner and the producer leasing the herd each receives a predetermined share of proceeds received from the sale of calves born to the cows.
Was It Theft or a Misunderstanding?
Ellen H. Brisendine
Two law enforcement professionals have a conversation about what is a criminal action and what is a civil case — and how to avoid both. Hemphill says that for the purposes of this article, “We’re talking about theft or misappropriating somebody’s property, whether it be land, trailers or livestock. To prove those kinds of misappropriations, you have to prove that the person who misappropriated that property did so with the intent to deprive the other person of that property.”
Practical biosecurity hints when bringing home purchased cattle
Dr Pat Kluver
We employ biosecurity practices to reduce the risk of everyday threats from endemic diseases and, just as importantly, from rare but costly exotic disease incursions. By far the greatest threat of introducing disease is the purchase of cattle.
Culling Considerations for Beef Females
One of the toughest decisions for producers to make is to when to pull the trigger to cull or sell off breeding animals from their herd. Often times these cows have been part of the production cycle on a farm for several years, and have made a significant contribution to the livestock operation. There are several things to consider as you decide which animals should be culled from your herd to make room for replacement heifers.