Profit Tips: Handling - Health benefits of low-stress handling

Minimizing stress on calves arriving in the feedyard can offer multiple benefits, potentially including reducing sickness and improving feeding margins. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Marketing - BVD-PI test can add $10 to calf value

Research now shows cattle buyers are paying a premium for calves that test negative for being persistently infected (PI) with bovine viral diarrhea. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Reproduction - Re-think heifer development

A recent symposium addressed current thinking on development of beef heifers. Texas A&M animal scientist Stephen Hammack, PhD, provides this summary of key points. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Pasture Management - Avoid overgrazing fall pastures

To promote a healthier pasture next spring, producers should start planning for the end of the season and help their plants prepare for fall, which is an important time for pasture management. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Cow-culling decisions

During drought, our focus is generally on what we don’t have and can’t do. Culling a portion of the cow herd can be necessary and provides an opportunity to reshape the herd. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Effect of corn processing on feedlot performance

Steam flaking corn helps cattle feeders improve digestibility and availability of starch in feedlot rations, and processing corn to lighter densities generally improves digestibility compared with processing to heavier densities. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: App helps monitor heat-stress risk

Besides just being hot outside, a number of weather factors including humidity, wind speed, nighttime temperatures and the duration of high temperatures contribute to the risk of heat stress in livestock. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Selecting for stayability

In today’s cow-calf production environment with high replacement and development costs for females, the ability of a cow to produce a calf every year and remain in the herd for an extended time becomes increasingly valuable. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Keep hungry cows at bay

Hungry cattle come running when they hear the sound of that tractor or feed truck. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Tips for drying hay

Although drying time for hay is affected by forage species, environmental conditions, cut height and swath width, Ohio State University Extension educator Clif Little says a good management plan can make a big difference in hay quality. “Proper tedding, raking and equipment care are just some of the steps producers can take to reduce drying time and produce high-quality hay,” he says. “Cutting and drying hay quickly is always important, especially with everything being a little behind this year because of the planting season. Feed prices are high, so anything producers can do to produce quality hay is a benefit.” Little offers the following tips for protecting your hay quality: FULL STORY »

Profit Tip: Tips for limit-feeding pairs

Due to the ongoing drought conditions, residual forage, soil moisture, hay production and 2013 grass growth continue to be severely limited in some areas. In order to reduce grazing pressure producers might consider limit-feeding cow-calf pairs in confinement. This can be a viable option, says University of Nebraska cow-calf range management specialist Karla Jenkins, PhD. But she says there are several management considerations that need to be addressed. Confinement options include a winter feed ground, pivot corners, crop ground or a feedlot. Each pair in confinement will need at least 350 to 400 square feet of space. FULL STORY »

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