Daily Archives: August 23, 2019

Culling Decisions Get Tougher

Culling Decisions Get Tougher

Becky Mills

If one of Willyne McGill’s girls shows up open at ultrasound time, the criteria for keeping her is simple. “She better be walking on water,” says McGill.  To be clear, it all comes down to economics. While costs for carrying an unbred cow for a year are highly variable, Matthew Burns says he’s seen numbers from $400 to $800 for South Carolina, where McGill ranches with husband Ned.

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MARTIN F. JORGENSEN, JR. Angus Pioneer Passes

MARTIN F. JORGENSEN, JR. Angus Pioneer Passes

Martin Jorgensen Jr., 95, of Ideal, SD passed away on Friday, August 9th, 2019 at the Winner Regional Long-Term Care Facility in Winner, SD.  There will be a Celebration of Life for Martin on Sunday, August 18th, 2019 at 5:00 pm at the Saint Mary’s Hall in Winner, the family would like to invite all to join them for a night of food, fellowship and an opportunity to share stories and honor Martin’s life.

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Keeping the operation whole: Risk management tools for beef producers

Keeping the operation whole: Risk management tools for beef producers

Nevil Speer

Beef Magazine

Informa Engage Research recently conducted BEEF’s annual State of the Industry survey to assess general attitudes and trends among producers. Results reflect 876 completed surveys from producers in all U.S. states except Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, South Carolina and Vermont. The results add up to more than 100% because some producers use more than one of the options to manage their risk.

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Schedule Replacement Heifer Preg Checks Now

Schedule Replacement Heifer Preg Checks Now

Glenn Selk

Bovine Veterinarian

For many years, in June, cow-calf producers are reminded of the need to schedule pregnancy checking of the spring-calving replacement heifers. Many Oklahoma ranchers choose to breed the replacement heifers about a month ahead of the mature cows in the herd.  In addition, they like to use a shortened 45 to 60-day breeding season for the replacement heifers.  The next logical step is to determine which of these heifers failed to conceive in their first breeding season.

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Is 2019 the right time to sell your ranch?

Is 2019 the right time to sell your ranch?

Bruce Hakutizwi

Progressive Cattle

These days, undeveloped American land is a scarce commodity, so if you’re preparing to sell, there’s good news: Ranch owners are on the advantageous end of a supply and demand imbalance. Use this to your advantage: You are in control of a business that many want but few own in 2019.

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The Five C’s of Silage

The Five C’s of Silage


When producing high quality corn silage, it’s important to remember content, chop, compaction, cover and care. Iowa State University’s Dr. Hugo Ramirez details each one.

BRD: Are We Fighting the Wrong Battle?

BRD: Are We Fighting the Wrong Battle?

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

The beef-production system in the United States has evolved to capture efficiencies and capitalize on the ruminant’s ability to turn forage into high-quality protein. At the same time, the high cost of grazing land and segmentation of production sectors prevents the levels of integration dominating the pork and poultry industries.

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Colorado’s governor starts food fight with farmers and ranchers

Colorado’s governor starts food fight with farmers and ranchers


. . . For the governor to suggest that Colorado agriculture begin focusing on growing vegetables for plant-based proteins is confusing to the farmers and ranchers who have worked the land in rural Colorado for decades — not only because Colorado’s arid climate doesn’t allow for growing the extensive list of ingredients in plant-based burgers and alternative proteins, but also because Colorado’s beef industry contributes so much to the state’s economy.

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Conservationist helps Hawaii cattle ranchers tell their story

Conservationist helps Hawaii cattle ranchers tell their story

Jim George


“We’re grass farmers,” says James “Jimmy” Greenwell, retired president and current board member of his family-owned Palani Ranch on the western slopes of the Big Island. “Ranchers see themselves as conservationists and grass farmers. The cows are what we use to harvest the grass. The cows are a source of income and a tool to help us manage properly.”

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Backgrounding Calves Before Sale

Backgrounding Calves Before Sale

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Calves receive a premium as weaned, preconditioned calves, so it is important to transition them carefully to minimize health problems.

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