Profit Tips

Profit Tips: Safety - Prevent hay fires

Hay and fire are a bad combination for more reasons than you might think. “There are several factors that make hay fires difficult to extinguish,” FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: 2013 tax planning — now, not later

A common management practice for most farm operations is to do year-end tax planning in November and December each year to manage the farm’s financial position. FULL STORY »

Year-round anaplasmosis prevention

Many beef producers associate anaplasmosis with horse flies and keep up a prevention program only during the fly season, says Oklahoma State University Extension veterinarian Dave Sparks. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Equipment – Fold-out recordkeeper

Keeping accurate health records for a cow herd is essential, but not all facilities provide adequate space for the necessary paperwork. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Marketing - Preconditioning webinar on demand

Better health, heavier sale weights and higher bids at auction are just some of the benefi ts of a sound preconditioning program, and calf values this year make health assurances more valuable than usual. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Genetic Selection – Watch for genetic defects

A genetic defect — developmental duplication — was recently discovered in Angus cattle, according to University of Nebraska Extension. FULL STORY »

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 »

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