BeefTalk: Use the Numbers When Bull Buying
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The future is now: the bull-buying season. The future is in the numbers. The future requires knowledge, so study hard. For me, bull-buying season means bull-buying workshops where I can meet with small groups of producers to look at numbers, the expected progeny differences (EPDs). EPDs have been around a long time, but the utilization of EPDs is still an ongoing process as more producers annually incorporate EPDs into bull selection.
BCS skills to make you a better herd manager
Farm & Ranch Guide
“Body condition scoring can tell you quite a bit about your herd and the results can be used to make important management decisions,” said N.T. Cosby, cattle nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition. “Because the data captured is so vital, it’s good practice to recalibrate your scoring skills.”
Buying, selling hay at the right price
The current price of hay is a frequent question asked by callers to the area county extension offices. It is an important question to cattle producers wanting to turn a profit because hay costs represent a significant overall expense in raising cattle.
Simplifying Bull Selection on Sale Day
Angus Beef Bulletin
It is crucial to evaluate the needs of your ranch before making bull selections. The genotype of an animal is just one part of a much larger system. Factors included in bull selection process should be the genetics of your animals, the physical production environment, fixed resources, management, production inputs and marketing end points.
Winter Parasite Worries
Victoria G. Myers
Cattlemen across the South are generally blessed with the kind of weather that keeps pastures productive well into the winter months. It’s an enviable advantage but one that poses a serious challenge when it comes to parasite control.
Let’s Talk BQA Assessments
During the November 1st Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we heard from Rob Eirich, Nebraska BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) Coordinator, and Doug Bear, Iowa BQA Coordinator. Both Rob and Doug have been actively involved in the industry discussions between packers, cattlemen, and industry organizations with regards to the development of a standardized on-farm assessment program
Livestock Producers and a Net Wrap Needs Assessment
South Dakota Ag Connection
When it comes to binding forages, livestock producers have two choices; net wrap or twine. The decision isn’t as simple as it may seem as both binding products have their pros and cons, explained Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. “While net wrap increases baling efficiency and reduces storage loss, it can be difficult and time consuming to remove and is not digestible if consumed,” Grussing said.