Use these statements for financial health
There are three financial statements that are helpful in determining the overall status of your operation — your balance sheet, the cash flow statement, and the income and expense statement. Let’s look at the last two.
So You Want To Raise Cattle, Well Slow Down
Off Farm Income
I have had two situations/conversations recently that have really made me want to ask everyone to hit the pause button for just a second before putting cattle on their places. And this has really made think about this a little bit deeper. Let me first start by saying that as a person who loves agriculture, wants to see agricultural land preserved, likes a diversity of people farming and really enjoys cattle – I am all for people discovering this great animal and engaging in this industry.
84,000 Signatures Strong, Groups Demand USDA Protect Farmers over Meat Monopolies
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Today farm and rural advocacy organizations delivered more than 84,000 petition signatures to USDA offices as part of a campaign urging the agency to take action to protect farmers from corporate abuse and exploitation in the livestock sector.
In May, the USDA announced its intent to publish a new rule under the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA), a major piece of antitrust legislation governing the livestock and poultry industries.
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.
The Value of Measuring
Dr. Gary Bates
University of Tennessee
There may be things that have changed on your farm over the last several years, but you just don’t realize it because you don’t have any markers to help measure the change. Without having a measurement, you can’t see how much you have accomplished, or where the areas to improve are. Here are some areas to consider taking measurements to improve your operation.
Calendar the Best Way to Spot Top Replacements
Victoria G. Myers
For producers with years of experience, picking replacement heifers may seem to come naturally. It’s not all about the looks, though, says Ryon Walker in a recent report from the Noble Research Institute out of Ardmore, Oklahoma.
When to Supplement Fall Grazing
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
In fall and winter, most native forages and tame pastures are low in protein. Many stockmen try to extend grazing as long as possible because winter feeding is the most expensive part of raising cattle. Adding a protein supplement to mature, dry pastures is generally cheaper than feeding hay.