Temperament and cattle performance

How important is it to cull those cows with excitable temperaments? Being a ‘good mother’ can be an important trait in a cow for protecting her calf, being too aggressive can have negative consequences. FULL STORY »

Cow-Calf Corner: Benefits of a spring and fall calving season Play video

Glenn Selk considers the potential benefits of having both a spring and fall calving season on your ranch. FULL STORY »

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 »

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