Marketing cattle to maximize value
HEATHER SMITH THOMAS
Many producers do a good job of raising calves, taking care of cattle and keeping them healthy. Marketing, on the other hand, is often the most challenging part of their program, reducing potential profit. It can be challenging to market cattle at optimum times. There are many ways to market calves, yearlings and cull cows or bulls, but we don’t always market them strategically — or with the least cost.
Tips for successful cornstalk grazing
Hay and Forage Grower
Harvest is underway in most of the country, and as corn is being harvested, a huge feed resource is being left behind. Cornstalk grazing is an excellent way to extend grazing economically and provide cattle with extra nutrients before winter.
Salmonella proves to be a problem in beef, too
St. Louis Public Radio
“It was always our working assumption that E. coli interventions should be controlling Salmonella,” said James Marsden, professor of animal science at Kansas State University. “E. coli is transferred from the beef hide to the carcass and works its way through the system. We thought this is what Salmonella did as well.”
Late Gestation Supplementation in Beef
American Society of Animal Science
A recent article published in Translational Animal Science investigated the effects and interaction of weaning date and late gestation supplementation on productivity in a spring calving system. Measures included cow reproductive performance, heifer progeny growth, and reproduction performance, and steer progeny growth, feedlot performance, and carcass characteristics.
Avoid excess hay loss with proper storage
Hay and Forage Grower
Hay is a great option for feed, however, without an effective storage strategy, a significant amount of money and quality will be lost. Economists estimate the total value of hay storage and feeding losses nationwide is close to $3 billion annually.
South Dakota Cattleman to U.S. Senate Committee: American Beef is Climate Change Solution
South Dakota cattle producer Todd Wilkinson today told a U.S. Senate subcommittee that contrary to the claims of some environmental and anti-animal-agriculture activists, “American beef production and consumption is a climate change solution.”
Beef Industry Long Range Plan Task Force Begins Year-Long Process
Updated every five years, the Beef Industry Long Range Plan is the standard by which the beef industry focuses on one strategic direction, identifying key areas to advance beef demand.