BeefTalk: 2018 Cow-Calf Production Benchmarks
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension
Commercial beef producers joined the “500 Club” in pounds weaned per cow exposed, according to the 2018 Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) records. The new benchmark is 502 pounds and illustrates better understanding of benchmarks. This knowledge is critical because it allows producers to gauge, adjust and keep track of cattle production based on long-term benchmarks within the industry.
Beef Quality Assurance trainings set to help producers earn certification
A series of Beef Quality Assurance training sessions will take place throughout Indiana to help producers earn a certification, good for three years, that is increasingly becoming a requirement among major industry buyers. The two-hour training and certification sessions are free. Only one person from each operation is required to be certified to ensure the entire operation follows BQA standards. However, everyone who handles and manages fed cattle is encouraged to become BQA certified.
Dr. Ken McMillan
The lone star tick is most common in the Southeast, but it’s expanding its range rapidly. Cases of this allergy have been reported in the Midwest and as far north as Maine.
Windrow Grazing: An Alternative to Feeding Hay in the Fall and Winter
University of Nebraska
Harvested feed costs can be one of the largest expenses to cattle producers. Windrow grazing, sometimes called swath grazing, is a management practice that can significantly reduce harvesting and feeding costs. Swathing the crop and leaving the windrows in the field provides several advantages.
A lesson in simplicity for efficiency
The Cattle Business Weekly
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated,” believed Chinese philosopher Confucius. The same mantra may also be applied to ranching. But I recently visited with one ranch manager where an effort to streamline and simplify has prevailed. Since joining the ranch six years ago, this individual has focused on reducing labor and decreasing equipment needs while maintaining production on the large commercial cowherd.
Strong Beef Demand Helping Offset Rising Supplies of Cattle in Pipeline
Oklahoma Farm Report
There are more cattle and, as a result, more beef going through the supply pipeline here in early part of the second half of 2018. If all things were equal- bigger supplies of beef would likely mean lower beef prices- and back up to the live cattle part of the pipeline- lower cattle prices.
Winter Beef Cow Diets Utilizing Corn Stover can Bridge the Winter Forage Gap
High hay price alternatives like corn stover can save on winter beef cow diets.
Forage supplies look to be short again in many areas this season. For those needing to purchase expensive hay for beef cows, there are more affordable options. In southwest Michigan, corn husklage from seedcorn production was a key forage byproduct.