Daily Archives: September 6, 2019

Benchmark data helps producers manage calf losses

Benchmark data helps producers manage calf losses

John Campbell

The Western Producer

The calf-crop percentage is an easily measurable productivity trait and doesn’t require a lot of detailed records other than some inventory numbers at various times of year. It can be affected by a number of factors including reproductive fertility or pregnancy rates, abortions, and calf death losses.

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What are the genetic drivers of profitability?

What are the genetic drivers of profitability?

John Genho

Brangus Journal

What are the genetic drivers of profitability on a commercial cattle operation? We often gravitate towards carcass composition and feedlot gains in our thoughts of profitability. However, for most commercial cattle producers, profitability starts with the cow. Cows that breed early in life and remain productive animals in the herd are much more likely to return dollars to the rancher’s pocket.

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Make cows more profitable by leveraging the power of maternal heterosis

Make cows more profitable by leveraging the power of maternal heterosis

Robert L. Weaber, Ph.D.

Beefmaster Payweight

The dramatic increases in cow-calf production system input costs over the last five years has many producers wondering about the value of heterosis in today’s beef industry pricing structure. Many producers are seeking ways to improve cow-calf production efficiency and profitability . Profitability may be enhanced by increasing the volume of production (i.e. the pounds of calves you market) and/or the value of products you sell (improving quality).

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Opportunities to Capture Value this Fall

Opportunities to Capture Value this Fall

Rebecca Mettler

The Profit Picture

Plateau. It’s a term not commonly verbalized when describing the highs and lows of a cattle market cycle. However, that’s precisely how Derrell Peel, Ph.D., extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, sees the current cattle market. “What’s different this cycle is that since the middle of the year in 2019 we have reached a plateau rather than a peak. Cattle numbers have leveled out; we are not seeing much expansion plus or minus unchanged from last year:’

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Uncertainty Defines Markets Heading into Fall

Uncertainty Defines Markets Heading into Fall

Wes Ishmael

F&R Livestock Resource

“Trade and global conditions, feed market conditions, and summer demand conditions are all contributing to uncertainty and lack of direction as cattle and beef markets slog through the summer doldrums,” explained Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in mid July. At the time, feeder cattle pricescash and futures-finally found some seasonal spark after languishing and eroding for more than two months.

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Tips offered to manage pastures intentionally and prepare for drought.

Tips offered to manage pastures intentionally and prepare for drought.

Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Business

Hugh Aljoe, a pasture and ranch consultant and director of producer relations with Noble Research Institute, has worked with several hundreds of producers in the southern Great Plains as a consultant after being a ranch manager himself for many years. Often, he says, people get caught up on the processes instead of the outcomes. What do you want to achieve with your operation? Then ask yourself, how are you going to get there?

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Nebraska to host 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium Nov. 18-20 at Mitchell

Nebraska to host 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium Nov. 18-20 at Mitchell

Tri State Livestock News

The 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium, the 26th iteration of this four-state educational event, will return to Nebraska with a Nov. 18-20 run at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds Events Center in Mitchell.

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