Consider creep feeding calves this year

With record-high cattle prices, many Kentucky beef producers might look to creep feeding to put additional weight on calves before weaning. FULL STORY »

Consider investments in efficiency with extra cattle income

What is causing this major increase in prices? Primarily there are two key factors: fewer cattle, and cheaper feed. FULL STORY »

U.S. Cattle on Feed down 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 9.8 million head on September 1, 2014. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Cow herd expansion needs land

Why not more cows? That is a good question because the beef industry is begging for cows. To do that, the cow-calf producer needs more cows to expand, the feedlot producer needs more calves and purveyors need product. FULL STORY »

Feedstuff Cost Comparison: There's an app for that

SDSU Extension has developed tools to help evaluate the relative costs of two different feedstuffs. The Feed Cost Calculator is available for both desktop and handheld devices. FULL STORY »

A question of handler personality type

Have you ever wondered why cattle may work great for one individual and then completely blow up when a different individual works them? FULL STORY »

BQA: Pride, quality and security

“We believe beef quality assurance starts at the ranch,” Dr. Mike and Anne Wirtz say. “The cattle go through the feeding period at the feedlots under the same guidelines and on to the packers so consumers can be confident that their beef is safe, healthy and wholesome.” FULL STORY »

Heifer management helps rebuild cow herds to produce quality beef

Rebuilding the U.S. cow herd numbers takes more than keeping female offspring to breed. Managing beef heifers is as important as using improved genetics in developing replacements, says David Patterson, University of Missouri. FULL STORY »

Timing and method is everything for dehorning and castration

When it comes to castration and dehorning procedures practiced by beef and dairy producers, timing is crucial to insure animal welfare and effectivness, says the new Cattle Castration and Dehorning Guidelines published by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. FULL STORY »

Preconditioning adds value to fall calf sales

Cow-calf producers with calves to market in the fall of 2014 are going to have some interesting decisions to make. With calf market prices at all-time highs and feed prices lower than the past three years, are the calves going to be sold at weaning or are they going to be kept until a later date to make additional income? FULL STORY »

Cow-Calf Corner: Preventing calf scours Play video

Glenn Selk has tips on preventing calf scours. FULL STORY »

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