BeefTalk

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 »

BeefTalk: Let cattle rest and check water and check water again

There are days when finding bright spots is hard because the beef industry is in a bit of a tough spot. Things will work out, but, for today, it is tough. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: How many cows are in the pen?

When done correctly, databases can be developed that provide producers with answers to their questions as they look to change their operations. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: How to survive the cattle business

As the Fourth of July passes by again and numerous gatherings of family and friends wrap up, there is a call for a little time to rest and catch up. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Does late calving mean late weaning?

Does late calving mean late weaning? The Dickinson Research Extension Center changed calving dates, so the bull turnout date this year will be Aug. 1. FULL STORY »

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