BeefTalk: How do we get the next generation to raise beef?
"Cattle and crops: Together we stand, divided we fall." Among the numerous commentaries on agriculture, is that really true? FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: To pass, 60 percent must calve in 21 days
As the calving season winds down, check the calving book. Count the number of cows that calved within 21 days from when the third mature cow calved. Keep counting until you get to the end of the calving book. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: If baby rabbits can survive snow, so can calves
After the last blast of snow, the snowbanks were starting to thaw when I noticed a small baby rabbit. The rabbit, fresh from the nest, was nibbling on the available grass and doing fine. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Where are the elders?
In the world of beef production, all management directives are designed to maintain and improve the herd. Each cow, bull and calf is essential. Calving time serves to illustrate the strong desire and need to focus on each cow and calf. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: One-way ticket to town
Bull 50 just bought himself a one-way ticket to town. For bulls, there are only two pens. One is the pen for breeding bulls, while the other bulls go to the "for beef market" pen. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Good marketing captures available dollars
Cattle producers need to set focused, systematic goals to capture more net dollars. When the discussion rests on the income side, marketing is the focus. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Survival comes before expansion in the cow business
What would you say if someone told you that 40 percent of the cow-calf producers are struggling to justify being in the beef business? After all, the cattle business is a great business and currently humming along through great times. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: The cow business is very positive
The cow-calf business continues to see positive returns. Although 2009 was not a great year for beef producers, 2010 was and 2011 was even better. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Have you done the annual ranch enterprise analysis?
Time is ticking away, so in the world of biology, plants are starting to wake up and livestock know that spring is coming. FULL STORY »