How to Find Profitability in Today’s Cow Calf Operations
Oklahoma Farm Report
. Mathis says it starts with understanding where you can find leverage in your production system. “We know if we are strictly focused on profitability we can look at the cost side of the business and know that its going to boil down to labor, feed, and depreciation, and collectively those will make up more than 50% of the total cost to the enterprise.”
Tips to Improve Cow Performance While Consuming Low-quality Forages
Rob Ziegler, Travis Mulliniks
Universtiy of Nebraska
Low-quality range pasture and cold wet winter left cows in thinner than normal condition coming into spring this year. The challenges of last summer and winter may have resulted in lower than average pregnancy rates in replacement heifers and young cows this fall, which may be due to the impact the cold and snow had on body condition.
Bikers for Beef
The 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally included a “beef throw down” competition among Black Hills area restaurants, as well as a special event hosted at Mount Rushmore Angus Ranch on Aug. 8, which allowed local beef producers to connect with celebrity chef Justin Warner, who is known for regular appearances on Food Network.
Selecting Replacement Heifers
High-quality replacement heifers are a big investment for the cow-calf producer. Whether bought or home-raised, these females are the genetic building blocks for the herd. They will be expected to produce and wean a calf every year for many years. The selection process begins at weaning when heifers are typically six-to-eight-months old.
Hoosiers compete, sell quality animals at NAILE
Tom J Bechman
Thousands of Hoosiers head to Louisville, Ky., each year for the North American International Livestock Exposition, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center. It’s in full swing this week, with beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep and other species holding either junior or open class shows.
Harvest woes increase supply of alternative feeds
Hay costs vary significantly this year, with prices in some areas with short supplies nearly double those in areas with adequate supplies. On the other hand, there could be numerous options for alternate winter feeds this year as some crops originally intended for grain are being harvested as feed.
U.S. stock market at record but farm bankruptcies at highest since 2011
While the U.S. stock market is soaring to new record highs, farmers are having trouble paying their bills in the heart of America’s agricultural sector.
Hay storage impacts quality, quantity
Morning AG Clips
With the calendar turning to November, and the temperatures dropping below freezing several mornings now, the time to feed hay is near, if not already here. Several have been feeding hay due to the pasture situation following a dry September that included several 90 degree plus days that zapped much of the grass.
Growing Government Subsidies: Trump Gives Farmers More than Obama Gave Detroit
Some 40 percent of farm income now comes from a combination of trade aid (due to the China trade war), disaster assistance, farm subsidies and insurance claims, according to Axios.com. Is American food production, and thus national security, in jeopardy when so many farms derive so much income from sources other than selling food?
Data show cattle produce more protein than they consume
The Fence Post
Within ag circles, the upcycling ability of the beef cow is recognized as one of the most fundamental values of beef. From a consumer standpoint, greenhouse gas emissions and environmental footprint concerns can eclipse the numbers.