BeefTalk

BeefTalk: To Seek Knowledge is Good

We are halfway through the fall semester, so students are busy learning. The reality of skipping class or slacking off is starting to show up for some. For others, the self-fulfilling rewards of better understanding how the world works is becoming evident. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Understanding culling and replacement rates critical

Culling and replacement rates are the two numbers that will impact the base cow herd. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Am I short of feed or short of cash?

Today, cattle producers market cows and bulls in much the same way they market the annual production of calves. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Wise marketing of cows and bulls is critical

As cows and bulls are rounded up for fall sorting, some are sorted for sale, so it is very important to remember that cull cows and bulls are market beef and should be treated as such. Market groups need to be sorted and appropriately presented to the market. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Drought strategy: Wean the calf, salvage the cow

Everyone is tired of hearing about drought. The skies are stark blue, usually considered nice, but most would appreciate some clouds and rain. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Uff Da!

Seven hundred eighty dollars' worth of hay for a calf: uff da! Seasonal and yearly trends repeat. In fact, in 2008, the same concerns were very evident as the hay yards were empty. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Who said change would be easy

Is the cattle industry really changing? The industry may or may not be changing, but at the Dickinson Research Extension Center, the cow business has changed. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Grass versus corn, TDN cost per unit

In years past, given the price of feed grains, it was a given to buy grain. If one was short of forage, buy grain. If one was looking to expand, buy grain. If one was thinking of the future, build feed bunks and pens and buy grain. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Calculating cost per unit is critical

The world of costs is not really that complicated, but often it is overlooked. Although it is true that feed must be edible, free of digestive problems and compatible with the beef cow, that still leaves a large selection of alternative feedstuffs. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Buy feed by value, not pounds

The struggle for sourcing feed continues as cattle producers evaluate current and future feeding options. Even though the culling is deep, there still are cows left to feed, so now is the time to call a good beef cattle nutritionist. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Tough decisions but cattle must pay for themselves

As summer comes to a close, the first step is to establish an inventory of our cattle, remaining pasture availability, carryover hay and potential hay production. FULL STORY »

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