Experts provide tips on marketing, stocking rates
Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University livestock marketing specialist, gave tips on choosing options when it comes to marketing forages by way of calves, stockers and feeder cattle. “You actually have a number of ways that you do market forage more than likely,” Peel said. “The most obvious cow-calf one is weaned calves.” Other options for cow-calf producers may include complementing weaned calves with stockers, whether retained or purchased, raising replacement heifers, producing hay and feeding cull cows.
High-Tensile Fencing Tips
High-tensile electric fence is the most effective and economical fence that you can build on leased land and it’s what I put up after negotiating a 10 year lease on a farm that had no fencing.
When a Cow Goes Downhill After Calving: Could it be Johne’s Disease?
Dr. Russ Daly
The South Dakota Cattleman
If you asked your fellow cattle producers what they want most out of an individual calving, most would say they’d want a vigorous and thrifty calf, nursing its mother without help. After that, I’d expect most would say something about the new mother: that she would recover rapidly from labor, take care of her calf, and begin eating and drinking enough to keep the milk flowing.
Why Cattle Producers Should Early Pregnancy Check Replacement Heifers
Missouri Beef Cattleman
Before we discuss the benefits, what is meant by early pregnancy checking replacement heifers? In the Missouri Show-Me Select Replacement Heifer Progran pregnancy checks on heifers are required within 90 days of the start of the breeding season. Pregnancy checking at this time allows the veterinarian to get a very accurate age of the fetus in days before it falls over the pelvic rim. Once the fetus falls over the pelvic rim, it is much harder to get an accurate age of the fetus in days. An accurate fetal age leads to an accurate calving date, which benefits you if heifers are retained or the buyer that purchases the heifers.
In Vitro Fertilization Provides Options for Increasing Cow Herd and Quality
During the past 50 years technological advances in the field of bovine reproduction have led to some dramatic changes in the way cattle look, reproduce, perform and even taste. Artificial Insemination (AI) and conventional Embryo Transfer (E1) are two of the main tools used by progressive producers to accelerate genetic improvement within their herds. However, recently many producers have introduced In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) into their reproductive programs. Early on, IVF struggled to establish itself as a legitimate technology because embryo production and pregnancy rates were low, which made the cost of a live calf unacceptable to most.
Ryan Arndt uses an all-around approach for cow herd improvement.
In a corner of the world where cowboys still roam, Ryan Arndt teaches his girls to rope and rodeo. He decides what heifers or cows will be bred and what bulls to buy and use. The work and play run together while he manages a cow-calf herd in the middle of yearling country
Developing Young, Open Replacements is His Market Niche
Donny Stephens enjoys developing heifers. It’s a passion that shows. About 100 peas-in-a-pod bred heifers graze his Alabama pastures, while they wait to go to their new homes. Stephens started this enterprise 15 years ago when he bought 11 potential replacements to supplement his own 100-cow herd at Marion Junction. He and wife, Pat, kept every one of those heifers.