Finding cost savings in the beef cow-calf budget

Beef cow-calf producers have seen rapidly increasing prices for calves but input cost may be outpacing calf price increases. Finding areas to cut costs without impacting performance is critical for producers to remain profitable. FULL STORY »

Management practices for added value in market calves

Lack of forage and increased input costs for beef producers continue as we move ahead in 2013. FULL STORY »

The annual production cycle

There is a certain set of production standards that should be required of cows within a herd to maximize profitability of a cow/calf operation. FULL STORY »

Christmas shopping and the calving season

If you think about it, there are some parallels that can be drawn between the Christmas shopping season and calving season for cow-calf producers. FULL STORY »

Feeder calf buyers want preconditioned calves

A survey of buyers at the October 2012 West Branch Feeder Calf Sale shows that buyers value weaned and vaccinated calves. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Pregnancy evaluation is a key management tool

Next year's planning is under way. Everything is upbeat, and the cows and bulls even get a blue ribbon. FULL STORY »

Fall feeding and management for spring calving beef herds

Weaning and winter feeding planning after drought. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Importance of longer weaning period Play video

Glenn Selk discusses the importance of following VAC-45 protocol prior to selling calves. FULL STORY »

Why is 45 day weaning so important to feeder calf health?

Most of the “value-added” calf sales require that the calves are weaned at least 45 days prior to sale date. Some cow calf producers may wonder why the post-weaning period needs to be so lengthy. FULL STORY »

Light weight calf management

Early weaning of beef calves is a powerful management tool for dealing with drought and feed shortages. FULL STORY »

Evaluate your nutrition program by looking at calving records

Take time now to evaluate your nutrition program for the spring-calving cows. A way to do that is to evaluate the reproductive performance of the cow herd because reproduction is so closely linked to body condition of the cows and body condition is linked to the nutrition program. FULL STORY »

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