BeefTalk: Diversity Helps Mitigate Drought Effects
Kris Ringwall, NDSU Extension Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Are you interested in increasing soil water absorption by 685 percent? Remember the commercials that showed paper towels absorbing copious amounts of water, more than a competitor’s paper towel? Is one paper towel better than another in water absorption? I think we know the answer: Yes.
Data and fertility
Most cattle producers have initiated and, in most cases, completed their spring breeding seasons. Many producers will be recording data associated with the breeding season, such as sires, matings, pregnancy information, breeding dates and more.
Internet Tools a Great Resource to Help Producers Develop Marketing Strategies and Manage Risk
Oklahoma Farm Report
The web-based calculator tool called, BeefBasis.com, is free to use and helps producers run the numbers on cattle marketing opportunities in their specific locations. Dr. Glynn Tonsor at Kansas State University, uses this tool and others on the internet, to develop marketing strategies for his cattle and to also manage his associated risk.
Why Do the Big Guys Win?
A recent Ranching For Profit School graduate sent me a link to MSN Careers. It had a list of the top 10 “dead-end jobs.” Number one on the list was Farmers and Ranchers. The author concluded that large farms would get bigger and that smaller, independent family farms, that didn’t rely on off-farm income, might soon be a thing of the past.
Retaining Ownership, Data and Profits
Each operation is different, and each marketing year is different. Retaining ownership of your calves through the finishing phase can be risky, but it also offers rewards for producers who know their genetics’ value and have a firm grasp on a marketing plan.
Useful Scoring System: Teat, Udder, Disposition, Feet and Legs
A Steak in Genomics™
You must measure every animal in your population. Weaning weight is a must. Actual birth weights (not a tape weight or a windshield weight), yearling weight, mature weights are also valuable and relatively inexpensive. Genomics is here to stay.
A city slicker figures out what you already know
As many of you know, I spent 30 very formative years living in the Texas Panhandle. When we moved there with a recently-born baby, uncertain we had made the right decision to leave the safety net of our tight-knit extended families, the Panhandle natives told me that if I stayed long enough to wear out a pair of shoes, I’d never leave.