Grass growing strategy for the rest of the year
The highs and lows of pasture growth over the past three years have shown one thing is for certain. Producers following a good pasture management strategy have a more consistent supply of forage than those that rely only on Mother Nature. FULL STORY »
Effect of weaning on forage intake of lactating cows
Weaning time for cow/calf producers is a time to harvest the fruits of a yearlong investment in time and effort to manage the cowherd to achieve that textbook goal of producing one calf per cow per year. FULL STORY »
Selecting cow/calf record keeping software
Before you buy computer software to keep cow/calf production records, you first need to decide what information you need to keep. Make a checklist that includes the items that you need. Include not only the necessities, but also those things that while not necessary, would be nice. FULL STORY »
Have cattle prices and lost grazing acres altered culling prices?
Management decisions relating to culling stock cows have increased dramatically in complexity under current market conditions. The January 1 USDA inventory of “all cows and heifers calved”, is the lowest total since 1941, indicating some potential for continued profitability in the cow/calf sector for several years to come. FULL STORY »
Shade reduces cattle heat stress
Cattle will naturally seek shade when the temperature and humidity rise. In many parts of the U.S., shade is a necessity for grazing animals to maintain optimal performance. FULL STORY »
Repeatability of calving difficulty
Many producers are looking back through their calving books now to re-examine the most recent calving season and determine if improvements can be made between now and next spring. FULL STORY »
Coyote control strategy requires goal assessment
Coyotes (Canis latrans) have long been considered a nuisance for livestock producers and white-tailed deer managers in Texas and Oklahoma. FULL STORY »
Should cow-calf producers lock In fall calf prices?
In an iGrow article last week, I discussed record high feeder cattle prices as well as the lack of profits for current feedlot placements. While current price levels offer little or no profit opportunity for buyers of feeder cattle, those same prices could result in record or near record profits for cow-calf producers this year. FULL STORY »
Feeder markets continue red hot
Widespread rains over the Memorial weekend may have curtailed holiday activities but were enthusiastically welcomed by cattle producers in the Southern Plains. Much of the worst drought areas in eastern New Mexico, western Texas and western Oklahoma received rainfall that was very timely for forage production. FULL STORY »
Off-season bull management aids breeding success
By the time this is published in May, most ranchers in Texas and Oklahoma will have already turned their bulls out to the cow herd for the breeding season or will be preparing to do so. With this in mind, we should be looking ahead to managing the bulls once the breeding season is over. FULL STORY »
Warm weather ahead: Is your calf starter on par?
After one of the coldest winters in recent history, calf raisers may have learned a thing or two about how a calf’s environment affects energy demands. FULL STORY »