BeefTalk: Be Cautious and Do Not Overspend for Hay
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
I have a cow worth $1,000. Ponder these questions: Should I sell the cow and place the money in an account where someone will pay me to use my money? Should I keep the cow, hoping for a greater return on my money than if I let somebody use my money? Or should I pay somebody $100 to care for the cow? But why should I pay someone else to tend my money or my cow? At the end of the day, I have less money.
Where High-Risk Calves Mean High-Rewards
Florida ranchers say you can’t precondition calves in their state. They blame it on an abundance of heat, humidity and mud. Don Quincey proves them wrong 15,000 head at a time. Granted, this cattle business is based at Chiefland, in the northern part of Florida, but there’s no shortage of heat and humidity, not to mention lightweight, high-risk calves. Yet, since 1992, Quincey’s preconditioning operation has turned out healthy calves. And his strategies for enticing stressed calves to eat and drink apply anywhere.
Advantages of Early Pregnancy Diagnosis of Yearling Heifers
University od Nebraska
The middle of summer is not the time when many cattle producers think about pregnancy testing. However, for producers that have yearling heifers that were bred early this spring, many of those heifers are far enough along to be pregnancy tested.
Industry Spot On in Producing Safe, Superior-Tasting Beef, Needs Improvement Communicating That
Oklahoma Farm Report
The US beef industry looks a lot different than it did in the early 90s when the first National Beef Quality Audit was conducted. Dr. Keith Belk of Colorado State University was a graduate assistant then, helping with that first NBQA.
Beef Improvement Federation: Profitability using the tools we have
In mathematical terms two plus two equals four. But in crossbreeding terms, two plus two equals five and in some cases, even six. Speaking to producers and industry experts at the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) meeting and symposium in Athens, Georgia, in June, Todd Thrift of the University of Florida reiterated just how important crossbreeding is to the industry and to a producer’s bottom line.
Don’t commit silage malpractice
Many farms grow their own crops for silage and invest significant amounts of time and money in planting, growing and harvesting those forages. Mistakes made while growing, harvesting and storing silages cannot be rescinded and are costly to replace.
California Extension Helps Cattle Ranchers Estimate Costs and Returns of Beef Production
The cattle industry in California has undergone dramatic changes over the last few decades. International competition and opportunities, new regulatory requirements, fluctuating feed costs, changing consumer demand, economies of scale and competing land uses all affect the bottomline in cattle ranching. Ranchers have experienced increasing production costs while revenue has not kept pace with costs.