BeefTalk: Cow-calf Enterprise Expenses Are Up
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension
The business success of beef enterprises often suffers because two questions are not evaluated regularly. First, how much does the average beef producer have invested in the cattle operation? Second, can a producer get a fair market return on that investment?
Some families accept a negative return because the “way of life” is a benefit. Still, good business practices will enhance the “way of life” benefit.
How to hate hay
Haying generally removes significantly more nutrients from the soil than do grain crops, in addition to the damage it causes to soil life and the lack of biological stimulation. Examples from an Oklahoma State University publication generally match the data from other states.
Calf Castration Should be Done at a Young Age
Dr. Lew Strickland
One of the questions that I hear the most concerning castration is; when should I castrate my calves Doc? Many producers will castrate their calves when they are two or three days old, which is my preferred period. Castration should occur when the calf is rather young.
The oddity of forage nitrates
Hay and Forage Grower
It’s remarkable how much we’ve learned over the years about forages, their nutrient components, and how to feed them. It’s equally remarkable how much we don’t know.
SDSU Extension to hold workshops for Beginning Farmers/Ranchers looking for land
The Cattle Business Weekly
SDSU Extension will host the workshop series, Farmland for the Next Generation, beginning August 14, 2018. Supported by a grant from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, the workshops are designed for individuals with some farming and/or ranching experience who are actively looking for land. The workshops will focus on skill-building and practical resources.
Animal Rights Activists Join the Feminist Movement, Touting Livestock’s “Reproductive Rights”
Oklahoma Farm Report
One of the objectives of the Animal Agriculture Alliance is to monitor animal rights extremists who are fundamentally opposed to animal agriculture. Each year, the Alliance publishes a report that highlights the activities of extremist groups at their annual meetings.
Our Best Winter Forage May be Stockpiled Fescue
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
As I drove around Morgan County in late June and even on my farm, there was still a lot of hay to make. Stems and seed heads on orchardgrass and fescue had turned brown and the quality was poor. We still have a great and inexpensive option for quality forages this fall and winter, and without much effort or cost: stockpiling pastures and even hayfields for grazing.
Kansas farmers react to “cow cuddling” trend: ‘Holy cow’
A new wellness trend has some Kansas farmers scratching their heads. “I don’t even know what to think right now,” said farmer Josh Patterson. “Insanity,” said farmer A.J. Lanier. The trend is called cow cuddling and its name is a fairly good description. Several farms across the United States offer the service which some say can bring on relaxation and healing for those involved.
Reduce heat stress in cattle
Tri State Livestock News
This summer’s high temperatures are taking their toll on humans and cattle. Extreme heat actually is a mix of temperature and humidity, and when both are high, the effort to stay cool can be stressful, according to Karl Hoppe, North Dakota State University Extension livestock systems specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center.
July deworming: An annual profit opportunity
July deworming is a frequently overlooked opportunity to control nematode (worm) infections and increase calf weight gains. Many cow-calf producers deworm their cows in the spring. The addition of a July deworming of cows and calves has been shown to provide seasonal control of worm infections in late winter- or early spring-born calves.