How weaning management can get calves off to the right start for stockering

Weaning can be a very stressful event in the life of a calf. It is not uncommon for calves to be weaned abruptly, separating the calf from the cow and immediately moving the calf to some new environment away from its dam. FULL STORY »

Early weaning spring-born calves

The summer of 2011 has caused many Southern Plains cow calf herds to be culled extensively or sold out completely. FULL STORY »

Early weaning during drought makes sense

The drought of 2011 is turning out to be one of the worst on record. Most Texas and Oklahoma producers are looking for things that they can do to save what little forage they have and to conserve the amount of hay and feed they will need until green-up next spring. FULL STORY »

Tips for managing cattle in drought from Noble Foundation consultants

Early weaning of calves is a common drought management practice. Removing calves from cows at approximately 300 pounds or 75 days of age decreases cow nutritional requirements and gives producers the ability to stretch limited forage resources. FULL STORY »

August beef management calendar

Keep your cattle healthy through the dog days of summer FULL STORY »

Timing and method of castration and stocker performance

It is no secret that, among feeder calves, intact bull calves are discounted relative to steers. Buyers know that the process of castration affects animal health, performance, and profitability. FULL STORY »

USDA's Corbitt Wall: Cattle on Feed impact falls short of expectations Play video

Corbitt Wall with the USDA Livestock and Grain market news with the weekly feeder and stocker cattle summary for the week ending July 29. The bearish Cattle on Feed report released last Friday with placements 10 percentage points larger than analysts predicted did not impact the market as much as expected. FULL STORY »

Deworming spring-born calves (audio)

It's important to deworm spring-born calves even though producers don't like working cattle in the heat and humidity. Kevin Laurent, Extension Beef Cattle Associate, discusses how to cope with the weather and the importance of deworming. FULL STORY »

Collect DNA samples now

Plan ahead so there’s time to evaluate information FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle marketing is really forage marketing

Whether it’s a cow-calf producer selling weaned calves or retaining calves through a stocker or backgrounding program; or a stocker producer adding weight to lightweight calves, the market value of feeder cattle at various weights reflects the value of forage used in the production of feeder cattle. FULL STORY »

Preconditioning ─ A win for buyers and sellers

It’s well-documented that calf preconditioning programs can help cow/calf producers boost their profitability on sale day ­— even to the tune of an extra $6.38 per cwt. FULL STORY »

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