Reducing the risk of calf scours in fall-calving herds

Fall calving in the Southern Plains has several advantages. One of the least-discussed advantages to fall-calving is the reduction of risk to an outbreak of scours. FULL STORY »

Silage management

This is the time of the year that we need to be thinking about how to manage and minimize corn silage shrink losses. Stored silage can provide quality feed to support many different livestock systems. FULL STORY »

Minimizing storage losses in hay

Each harvest season brings concerns regarding storage options for hay. Indeed, producers need to find ways to prevent shrink losses in their bunkers and storage systems. Hay storage losses are around 5% when it is harvested at 15% moisture and stored under dry conditions. FULL STORY »

Driving genetic quality

Demand is pushing prices as cattle producers work to rebuild the cow herds – making for some heavy investments to be made. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Vaccinate to protect ranch assets

Protecting one’s assets is another term for fall calf vaccinations. One does not need to view very many market reports to understand that the asset value of a calf has gone up. In other words, calves are worth good money. FULL STORY »

Selling vs. backgrounding 2014 calves

So far 2014 has been one for the record books when it comes to the cattle market. Increased cattle values combined with less expensive feed have dramatically changed the outlook for cow/calf profitability compared to the last few years. FULL STORY »

More grass, same acres?

Is it possible to increase the amount of grass produced in the same pasture? The answer is "maybe". Your semi-arid rangeland may have room to improve. But where do you start? A recent webinar by Pat Reece "Herbage Production Potential" outlines principles to understand. FULL STORY »

Defining stockmanship

Stockmanship, like sustainability, is a commonly used word that many might find hard to clearly define in a few words. Stockmanship has been defined as the knowledgeable and skillful handling of livestock in a safe, efficient, effective, and low-stress manner and denotes a low-stress, integrated, comprehensive, holistic approach to livestock handling. FULL STORY »

Grazing after the growing season

Providing feed for the cowherd represents the largest expenditure in a cow-calf operation and winter feed is the single largest expense in most operations. In light of this season’s favorable growth, what management strategies could be employed to reduce winter feed expenses with a view to improve profitability? FULL STORY »

Cow-Calf Corner: Fall calving preperation Play video

Glenn Selk offers some tips for the fall calving season. FULL STORY »

Replacement heifer inventories surprise analysts

Pasture conditions over most of the United States are much improved over conditions at this time last year. In addition, corn prices are currently below $4 per bushel and expected to drop further Extreme drought conditions continue in parts of the Southwestern United States. FULL STORY »

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