Be flexible with stocking rates
Hay and Forage Grower
Determining the correct stocking rate is one of the most important decisions a livestock producer makes. It needs to be conservative, flexible, and adaptable. A smart stocking rate plan is more than just repeating the same process as in past years. It entails matching the grazing livestock numbers to forage production and also adjusting those numbers as changes occur within and over the years.
10 things your cattle buyer wants you to know (and do)
“I want you as an operator to get outside your box. Think outside your operation,” Greg Goudeau, owner and manager of Navasota Livestock Auction in Navasota, Texas, told a packed house at the 2019 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course.
How much cattle facility can you afford?
Jake Geis, DVM
Steel costs money. It costs a lot more money when it’s put into a new Silverado or a Mustang, but even in something as rudimentary as a cattle facility it still costs money. As the cattle business is a low-margin affair, our goal is to keep our costs low to stay in the black.
Managing Calving Difficulty
Dr. Bob Larson
Prior to the expected date for the first calf to be born, gather the equipment you will need, including: a clean bucket, a source for clean water, soap (for cleaning the cow), disinfectant, lubricant, towels, obstetrical (OB) chains and handles and plastic sleeves. You will want to identify a clean, well-lit area that is protected from cold or wet weather where the heifer or cow can be restrained with a head catch or halter.
Easy Techniques for Turning Cattle and Moving Them Out of Corners
Who would ever guess that riding away from animals will turn them in the opposite direction from you. It took the genius of Bud Williams to figure that out! It’s called “The Fade Turn.”
Are your grazing animals in balance with your forages?
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
This time of year, especially after you have shifted from grazing to fed feed such as hay or balage, you might start wondering why you have the number of livestock that you have. Life is short, some animals just need to grow some wheels. I said it recently, but I’ll quote the late Gearld Fry again, “If you cull the ten percent you should be culling, the herd that’s left is just that much better.”
Breed trends in feeder cattle
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
Kansas State University researchers recently published the results of their analysis of video auction data. This involved a study of the sire breed of lots between 2010 and 2018, as well as breed type (English-English cross, English-Continental cross, and Brahman cross) from 1995 to 2018. A robust database was used with information on 93,081 lots marketed through 189 summer video auctions from 1995 to 2018.
Feeding Whole Cottonseed
Dr. Ken McMillan
There are a few things to consider before feeding whole cottonseed to cattle. I love whole cottonseed (WCS), but there are some issues with it that need consideration. To answer your question, I started by checking with several equine experts. What do they think about feeding WCS to horses? Some felt the small amounts you are talking about would probably be safe for mature horses, but no one actually advised feeding it to them.
Marty Smith: Collaborating for a better beef business
“I specialize in never running for office.” An interesting quote, that, coming from the man who will step to the fore as the 2020-21 president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Meet Marty Smith, perhaps the only NCBA president who didn’t run for the job. But life has a way of going in directions you never planned on. In Smith’s case, the cattle business is the better for it.
NCBA Unveils Top Policy Priorities For 2020
The Executive Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) approved the organization’s top 2020 Policy Priorities Wednesday. Approval came at the annual Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas.