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 »

Are the bulls ready for the fall breeding season?

The fall breeding season is less than two months away. If you have not assessed your bull battery recently, time is running out. Contact your local veterinarian and make arrangements to see that your bulls of all ages pass a breeding soundness exam. FULL STORY »

Winter wheat grazing prospects this fall

Winter wheat grazing prospects in the Southern Plains are the best in several years; at least as indicated by winter wheat plantings. The September 15 Crop Progress report showed Oklahoma with 14 percent of wheat planted, up from seven percent the week prior and above the 2009-2013 average for the date of six percent. FULL STORY »

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 »

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