Creep feeding economics in 2014

The cow-calf game has certainly changed in the last 12 months, and it’s no doubt been a fun ride. Our memories of a bitterly cold winter and record-high commodity prices in prior years quickly fade every time we check the markets on our smart phones. FULL STORY »

Plan now for stockpiling tall fescue

Even with as hot as it has been this summer, now is the time to start thinking about feeding your cows this winter. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Records, a positive opportunity

As summer appears to be waning and fall soon will be upon us, I can remember a former co-worker, Harlan Hughes, saying; "You can’t manage what you don’t measure." FULL STORY »

Preparing the beef calf for weaning

One fact on which cattlemen, veterinarians, and animal scientists can agree is that of all the events in most calves’ lives, weaning is the most stressful of them all. If a calf can weather this stress unscathed, they have cleared a major hurdle to a productive future in the feedlot or as a replacement in the breeding herd. FULL STORY »

Creating a Price Floor: Locking in calf prices using LRP

For years, cattle producers used the commodities market as a way to hedge and create a price floor for their cattle. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: May I Borrow Your Land?

The beef industry is a land-based business, and along with land comes an interesting relationship. The Dickinson Research Extension Center is in a very aggressive energy industry. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Following BQA guidelines Play video

Glenn Selk offers tips on following the Beef Quality Assurance guidelines FULL STORY »

Creating a Price Floor: Locking in calf prices

For years, cattle producers used the commodities market as a way to hedge and create a price floor for their cattle. For example, suppose a cow-calf producer has 100 head of calves they plan on feeding, knows their breakeven price is $215/cwt FULL STORY »

The “positive associative effect” of high protein supplements

The eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma has substantial standing forage in many pastures as we go into late summer. As the day length shortens, plants become more mature and lower in protein content. FULL STORY »

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Treating responsibly

“For both pinkeye and footrot cases, you’re going to want to have cattle in a place where you can check them 2 to 3 days later so if you need to treat them again, you can,” says John Maas, former veterinarian with the University of California at Davis Cooperative Extension, and chairman of the Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Board. FULL STORY »

Herd rebuilding will be a slow process

The latest USDA data provides some indication that herd expansion may be beginning but more clearly shows that herd rebuilding will be a long process and a slow one, at least initially. Not surprisingly, the July Cattle report shows estimates of herd inventories that are down in most all categories compared to the last report in 2012. FULL STORY »

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