Dressing Percentage and Cull Cow Marketing
Northern AG Network
October is often the month of calf weaning and cow culling for spring calving herds. Cull cows represent about 20% of the gross income in commercial cow calf operations. Understanding the major factors impacting cull cow prices is important to the bottom line.
Nutrition 101 for replacement heifers
Setting clear benchmarks is an ideal place to begin when creating your heifer development program. This is where Kristin Thompson, ruminant nutritionist for New Life Mills, begins when she works with cow-calf producers to develop nutrition programs for replacement females.
Wagyu Beef and Kobe Beef [What’s the Difference?]
The Bearded Butchers
Everyone always wants to know what is so special about wagyu beef. It’s always super expensive and only the best restaurants serve it. We always get questions like are kobe and wagyu the same? Does kobe steak come from wagyu beef? Well, just sit back, relax, and stick around while we answer all those questions and more. Even better, after we show you a brief rerun of how to butcher a cow wagyu style, we’re going to throw a kobe steak on the grill and smoke it to perfection!
Caprock Cattle Educational Series: Forages and Supplementation
All Ag News
Floyd and Hale County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agents are your hosts for a series of talks with experts for the 2020 Caprock Cattle Educational Series. Clay Burson speaks on cow-calf management systems during All Ag, All Day’s coverage of the Caprock Beef Cattle Conference, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Floyd & Hale Counties.
Economists say we need more packing capacity
Analysts from Rabobank’s RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group said in a new report there is room for expansion in the US beef packing industry. In fact, they added, if the US beef industry is to stay near its current numbers and avoid a large contraction, it must add packing capacity.
Prevent External Parasites from Sucking the Life Out of Your Herd
Beef Cattle Research Council
External parasites, such as lice, ticks and flies, live on and feed off their host animal. Parasites can cause stress and irritation, reduced weight gain, and production losses in beef cattle, and can also be a vector for diseases. They can pose a problem any time of year for beef producers, however, as winter approaches and cattle start to spend more time in close quarters, parasites such as lice can be a challenge.
Have Changes in Cattle Drug Use Helped?
Doctoring cattle usually isn’t a producer’s favorite chore. Weather, faulty equipment, ornery labor or cattle or both can ruin a day and bust a budget. There is more detailed management of drugs being used. And there are reams of recordkeeping required to satisfy the government, and most important, who’s buying your calves.
Virtual Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop planned
The Fence Post
Registration is now open for the Virtual 2020 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop (ARSBC) that will be Nov. 4 and 5. The program targets commercial and seedstock producers, the artificial insemination and allied industries and veterinarians interested in using or improving implementation of reproductive management tools and associated genetic tools.
Three Steps to Help Stop BRD
According to a recent study, there’s a direct correlation between a calf persistently infected (PI) with BVD and the need to treat it for BRD in the feedlot. Che Trejo, DVM, MS, of Zoetis Beef Technical Services, outlines how three key management strategies can help cattlemen reduce exposure to BVD, improve the overall herd health and arm them for winning the battle against BRD in calves at marketing time.
What really drives fed cattle prices?
The main driving force in the fed cattle prices is the box beef cutout, which represents wholesale beef prices. However, during the last several years, there has been more deviation in the correlation between these two prices. As you can see on the graph below, they moved very closely for many earlier years, so this is important to watch.