Is That Farm/Ranch Enterprise Really Making You Money?
The goal of any allocation method is to spread the cost so that it fairly represents the actual usage. Some common allocation bases are square footage, head count, acres, hours, and electrical/water usage. The key is to find something that is easily measurable and links the expense to the operation unit. A great example might be using acres to allocate seed cost among fields.
The Value of a Registered Bull
American Red Angus
The county I live in is one of the largest corn-producing counties in Missouri. The competition is fierce among agronomy companies as they tout the advantages of their hybrid corn, genetically superior soybeans and advanced wheat seed. Though competing companies may disagree on who has the best product, they are all in agreement that producers are NEVER recommend to use binrun seed. Bin-run bulls would reflect bin-run seed in that bulls would be developed from original high-quality, pure bulls but would have no documentation or validation of their quality and purity.
Seedstock Marketing from a Producer’s Perspective
Work your tail off and take care of your customer.” That’s the advice Hereford breeder Nate Frederickson, Spearfish, S.D., offers to others seeking success and longevity in the seedstock business. Nate, along with his wife, Jayna, two young sons, Teegan and Tiernan, and his parents, Mark and Mary Kay, run more than 500 cows. The herd is comprised of registered Hereford and Angus as well as commercial cows, which are used in an embryo transfer (ET) program. Today, Frederickson Ranch markets bulls through a private limited liability company called Pyramid Beef, which was established in 2009 as a marketing outlet for the ranch’s bulls and commercial females.
Rethinking an Anthelmintic Protocol
Randy L. Stanko
Santa Gertrudis USA
A s the threat of polar vortexes wanes and spring green-up is on the horizon, it may be a good time to evaluate your current deworming protocol. I came across an interesting study published last year by researchers at Murray State University in Kentucky1. This research evaluated the efficacy of different deworming products and protocols in recently weaned six-weight, Angus-based, crossbred steers.
Raising registered seedstock can be both challenging and rewarding.
For Alan Mead of Mead Farms near Barnett, Mo., the key is quality genetics. In 1990, Mead started out on his own with 20 cows he’d acquired as 4-H projects. He soon purchased around 100 head from DBCS Stock Farm, Thomas Angus Ranch and Fink Genetics.
Bull purchases should be a planned event
A prescribed fire will have an impact on the ranch for three to five years. In contrast, a bull purchase decision will have an impact on the ranch for as long as his genetics are represented in the herd. If replacements from a particular sire are kept, his influence will outlive him on the ranch.
Take precautions when warming cold or frozen calves
Heather Smith Thomas
The Fence Post
Calves born during blizzards or cold weather become immediately chilled, and older calves may also suffer frostbite if they don’t have shelter. Any calf with body temperature below 100 degrees F. needs warming. There are several ways to safely warm calves, and the methods you choose may depend on your facilities.
President’s budget takes aim at familiar farm targets
President Donald Trump likes to talk about how much he “loves our farmers” but his most recent budget once again tries to slash key programs that farmers have long supported and even the president previously supported.
Opportunistic Killers: Black Vultures
Another dead calf. Gary Tretter’s stomach turned as he kneeled over the bloodied remains and noted the telltale loss of both eyes. Once again, predators from above. Black vultures killed nine calves on Tretter’s Illinois farm in 2018. Eyes pecked out and backsides torn to a bloody pulp, the calves were devoured alive—a far cry from carrion or roadkill. “I can’t imagine what the calves go through,” he says. “A coyote or a big cat would be a much better way to go than the damn black vultures. People need to know: They come for the living, not just the dead.”
A Shift in Reproductive Management Can Take Several Years
Pregnancy rates barely making the 80% mark are hardly enough to hit the break-even point for commercial beef producers today, yet that’s exactly where North Florida Research and Education Center’s (NFREC) 200-head cow herd lined up when animal scientist Cliff Lamb came to the center in 2008.