Mark Parker: The Top 10 observations on rural mail carriers
- They navigate roads containing everything from riding lawn mowers and renegade 4-wheelers to impenetrable cattle drives and impassable combines.
- They are mailbox connoisseurs — ample room, water-tight, correct height, easy-open and no critters inside.
Ranchers may see the greatest returns on moderate size cows
The Cattle Business Weekly
The US is producing 14 percent more beef with 1.8 million fewer cows. Finding ways to fine tune an efficient cowherd can be challenging for producers; however, an extension beef cattle specialist with Oklahoma State University suggests additional savings may be found by examining ranch records and adjusting selection criteria.
Hay Quality: Trash versus Treasure
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
That saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” usually does not apply to hay, but with as difficult as haymaking was in Ohio this year, it may be true.
6 jobs to tackle during the cold winter months
In South Dakota, it seems like we have two seasons — cold winters and blazing hot summers. Spring and fall are just a blip on the radar before we move onto the next extreme. Right now, we’re in the throes of a winter that just keeps rolling.
Beef 2030: Opportunities for growth
Where is the beef industry headed in the next decade? That question is at the forefront of producer concerns as the global beef market expands and changes at a rapid pace, and for a forward-thinking producer, staying tuned for those changes is a must.
Low Cull Cow Prices and Complex Culling Decisions
Cattle markets overall have shown impressive strength despite larger supplies during 2018. Feeder steer market averages have been near level or slightly stronger than 2017 levels in many markets over the past few months even in the face of larger calf supplies. USDA-AMS reported national feeder and stocker receipts were around 15 percent higher during August-October 2018 as compared to the same three months during 2017. Moving more calves at level or higher prices is a testament to the current demand-driven environment.
Making 2019 corn silage decisions before feeding
The 2018 silage harvest is complete, and it’s time to plan seed purchases for next year. But how do you make informed choices about next year’s hybrids without having a decent grasp on how your herd is responding to this year’s crop?