Driving genetic quality

Demand is pushing prices as cattle producers work to rebuild the cow herds – making for some heavy investments to be made. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Vaccinate to protect ranch assets

Protecting one’s assets is another term for fall calf vaccinations. One does not need to view very many market reports to understand that the asset value of a calf has gone up. In other words, calves are worth good money. FULL STORY »

Selling vs. backgrounding 2014 calves

So far 2014 has been one for the record books when it comes to the cattle market. Increased cattle values combined with less expensive feed have dramatically changed the outlook for cow/calf profitability compared to the last few years. FULL STORY »

More grass, same acres?

Is it possible to increase the amount of grass produced in the same pasture? The answer is "maybe". Your semi-arid rangeland may have room to improve. But where do you start? A recent webinar by Pat Reece "Herbage Production Potential" outlines principles to understand. FULL STORY »

Defining stockmanship

Stockmanship, like sustainability, is a commonly used word that many might find hard to clearly define in a few words. Stockmanship has been defined as the knowledgeable and skillful handling of livestock in a safe, efficient, effective, and low-stress manner and denotes a low-stress, integrated, comprehensive, holistic approach to livestock handling. FULL STORY »

Grazing after the growing season

Providing feed for the cowherd represents the largest expenditure in a cow-calf operation and winter feed is the single largest expense in most operations. In light of this season’s favorable growth, what management strategies could be employed to reduce winter feed expenses with a view to improve profitability? FULL STORY »

Cow-Calf Corner: Fall calving preperation Play video

Glenn Selk offers some tips for the fall calving season. FULL STORY »

Replacement heifer inventories surprise analysts

Pasture conditions over most of the United States are much improved over conditions at this time last year. In addition, corn prices are currently below $4 per bushel and expected to drop further Extreme drought conditions continue in parts of the Southwestern United States. FULL STORY »

Fall-calving season begins ahead of schedule

Fall-calving season is here. In fact, the start of the fall calving season often begins before some producers expect it. FULL STORY »

Evaluate your beef cow’s udder health

As we begin thinking about weaning calves and deciding which cows might need culling, udder quality and condition are one factor that should be taken in to consider. FULL STORY »

Tips for a successful calving season

As most producers are aware, calving season is a busy time of year for most producers. It is important to plan the calving season from the start of the breeding season to make it as stress free as possible. FULL STORY »

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