BeefTalk: A time to reflect and ponder

The night drive across western North Dakota was quite interesting. I remembered all the times I had driven these roads hoping to see another car. FULL STORY »

Sorting cows for more efficient winter supplemental feeding

First calf heifers have historically been the toughest females on the ranch to get rebred. They are being asked to continue to grow, produce milk, repair the reproductive tract, and have enough stored body energy (fat) to return to heat cycles in a short time frame. FULL STORY »

Seeding guidelines increase winter pasture productivity

Seeding small grain cool-season annuals, like wheat or cereal rye, into perennial warm-season grass pasture, like bermudagrass, has been a common practice for many years. FULL STORY »

Grazing calves on cornstalks

Grazing cows on corn stalks is a long-standing, common practice to reduce feed costs. Grazing calves or yearlings on corn stalks is much less commonly done, but does represent an opportunity to produce inexpensive gains. FULL STORY »

Capital investments, income management for cow-calf enterprise

Cow-calf producers are looking at the potential for significant positive cash flow for 2014 due to record high calf prices along with reduced harvested feed costs and income from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program. FULL STORY »

BVD testing could pay off big

Because BVD has the potential to affect all of these beef industry segments, many in the industry are paying closer attention to it and paying a premium for calves that test negative as persistently infected (PI) with BVD. FULL STORY »

Feedstuff Inventory: Quality and quantity

Summer has brought cooler temperatures to our growing season, and with this in mind we need to start thinking about feedstuff inventory both in terms of quality and quantity. FULL STORY »

Calf Value Discovery Program gives feedback to cattle producers

Weaning is fast approaching and cattle prices are good. With the current prices, many producers may want to sell calves at weaning, which is understandable especially if there are financial obligations. FULL STORY »

Might be a good year to creep feed calves

With record-high cattle prices, many Kentucky beef producers might look to creep feeding to put additional weight on calves before weaning. If producers are careful, they could cash in. FULL STORY »

Working cattle with safety as a mindset

Recently I attended an OSHA Ten Safety Training Seminar and was reminded again, of how dangerous the agricultural occupation is for cattle producers. FULL STORY »

Record Calf Prices: Wise use of a big check

Calf prices are setting records this year and now that you have sold; you are looking at a substantial increase in spending money. A major decision that needs to be made is whether or not profits should be used for personal use or to reinvest that money back into your operation. FULL STORY »

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