Daily Archives: December 30, 2019

Determining cost of producing a calf important indicator in improving profit

Determining cost of producing a calf important indicator in improving profit

Teresa Clark
The Fence Post

A lot of numbers can go into the cost of raising a calf each year. Unfortunately, keeping track of those numbers can become so overwhelming, many producers have no idea what it really costs to produce that 500 pound calf they sell each fall. Determining unit cost of production, whether it is how much it costs to produce a calf, a pound of gain for a yearling, or a ton of hay, can be the most important piece of the profitability puzzle. University of Nebraska Extension Educator Aaron Berger told ranchers it is the indicator of how things are working on their operations.

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Freezer meat business another way to diversify

Freezer meat business another way to diversify

Carley Myers

Prairie Farmer

Diversification has been good for Fruechte Farms in Adams County, Ind. Besides corn and soybeans, other major enterprises include producing and marketing alfalfa hay, and raising turkeys on contract with Cooper Farms, based in Ohio. The Fruechte operation includes Craig Fruechte and his family, and his father, Kim.  Sometimes, finding small ways to diversify can also be an influential way to grow your brand. The Fruechtes also have small herds of beef cattle and swine, which they raise and sell primarily for freezer meat. Although it is not a large portion of their operation financially, Craig finds it valuable.

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A guide to selecting the perfect heifer bull

A guide to selecting the perfect heifer bull

Elizabeth Homerosky

Alberta Farmer

Whether home raised or purchased, open replacement heifer candidates are one of your biggest investments on the ranch. Heifers experiencing dystocia or a difficult calving are less likely to mother up and breed back and more likely to wean lighter calves. Assisted calves are more likely to become sick or die before weaning.

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Changes in distillers’ grains still good for maintaining cows through the winter.

Changes in distillers’ grains still good for maintaining cows through the winter.

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Distillers’ grains are a byproduct of the ethanol industry and have become a common supplement for beef cattle to add protein in the diet. The fat content is also beneficial. In recent years, however, many ethanol plants have been reducing fat levels in the residue that ends up as cattle feed. Cattle producers need to be aware that nutrient levels can vary greatly, depending on where you purchase the distillers’ grains.

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Impossible burgers are made of what?

Impossible burgers are made of what?

Dr. James Stangle, DVM

Tri State Livestock News

​The impossible whopper is being advertised by Burger King as a plant based alternative to the whopper. When food manufacturers started talking about making artificial meat, I, too, thought it would be impossible to make a hamburger cheaply enough to make it competitive. You see, I assumed that they would have to buy the individual amino acids (the building blocks for protein) and chemically string them together in the proper order, then remove the reagents (chemicals needed to cause the chain reactions) and then add something to give it the right textures.

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Feed sampling will help with beef cow energy and protein supplementation

Feed sampling will help with beef cow energy and protein supplementation


Wintering beef cows has become a challenge in many parts of Michigan. Our late start to spring along with surplus moisture in the 2019 growing season limited the production of average and high-quality hay. During the winter of 2018-19, many producers purchased hay from new sources.

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Why – and How – We Use Antibiotics

Why – and How – We Use Antibiotics

Foothill Agrarian

“You don’t use antibiotics in your sheep, do you?” When we sold meat at our local farmers market, we got this question frequently. Since we don’t sell directly to consumers much anymore, the question comes less often – but we still occasionally get asked whether we give our sheep antibiotics. The short answer is “yes.” But the long answer is more complicated, and I hope you’ll keep reading.

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Five tips for making high-quality flaked corn for cattle

Five tips for making high-quality flaked corn for cattle


Enter the words “flaked corn” into your internet search engine and the first few search results are related to the home brewing industry. The fermentation process which makes alcohol relies on maximum surface area to expose the starch inside the corn kernel to breakdown.

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Genetics and services to meet industry demands

Genetics and services to meet industry demands

Tom Strahm

High Plains Journal

More producers are recognizing the contribution Gelbvieh genetics can make to improve growth and performance, especially in a crossbreeding system. Gelbvieh- and Balancer-influenced calves wean off heavy and continue to excel with high post-weaning growth. Producers who are adding value to their calves through the backgrounding phase will appreciate the combination of rate of gain and feed efficiency that will potentially improve their bottom line returns.

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BQA Helps Ease Consumer Minds About How Cattle Are Raised

BQA Helps Ease Consumer Minds About How Cattle Are Raised

Perishable News

As consumers glean more information about where their food comes from, producers need to focus on how they manage their farm or ranch. Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification is a good place to start, said Josh White at the Angus convention in November.

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