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Browse our wealth of news and information for advice and tips on topics ranging from baby calf health to pasture and rangeland.

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Gradual efficiency changes and unexpected costs

Expansion is a multi-faceted question for beef producers that are in the position to do so. Expectations about future returns relative to the cost of purchasing or retaining a replacement cow or heifer are often the first question to be addressed. Included in that decision are expectations about pasture availability in the future as some areas continue to recover from drought.

Cow/Calf Producer

Merck Animal Health: Concurrent deworming approach pays dividends

The margin of error for stocker cattle often is narrow — $50 per head can be the difference between profit and loss. It’s important to get the most out of that high-value calf with the lowest input, which means getting the most out of the pasture grass.

Markets

United States cattle on feed up 1 percent

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.6 million head on May 1, 2015. The inventory was 1 percent above May 1, 2014.

Cattle Feeding

Spring pastures are too high in protein

After hauling feed to cows all winter, there is no better thing than turning cows out to spring pastures. However, spring pastures are very lush and high in protein. These factors can ultimately contribute to poorer performance and slower breed-back in some cases, explained a University of Illinois Extension beef educator.

Cow/Calf Producer

Cattle Inventory: Ranking of all 50 states

All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2015 totaled 89.8 million head, 1 percent above the 88.5 million as of January 1, 2014. Prior to 2014, the U.S. cattle inventory had not been under 90 million head for 60+ years (since 1952). The U.S. cattle inventory was greater than 100 million head as recently as 1997.

Cow/Calf Producer

Watch out for a light frost in alfalfa

Alfalfa fields are starting to grow showing good potential for this growing season. However, as for last night we were under a Freeze Warning, meaning that some crops could be damaged by a light frost or freeze. In fact, calls came into the office regarding this event already. Below are the key points to consider for both new seedling alfalfa and established stands.

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