Profit Tips

Profit Tips: Cow-calf - Watch for signs of hypothermia in calves

Cold weather during spring calving season creates a risk of calf loss due to hypothermia, but South Dakota State University Extension specialist Tracey Renelt says early intervention can save valuable calves. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Equipment - Keep an accurate bale count

Hay has become a precious commodity with many producers now storing round bales under a roof. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Animal Health – Encourage immunity in calves

Resistance to disease is greatly dependent on antibodies or immunoglobulins and can be either active or passive in origin, says Oklahoma State University Extension specialist Glen Selk, PhD. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Genetic Selection - Use calving-ease scores

With spring bull-buying season approaching, Kansas State University cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber, PhD, reminds producers that calving-ease scores are a better selection tool than birthweights alone. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Cow-Calf - Evaluate winter feed options

Cow-calf producers this winter face considerable challenges in cost-effectively feeding late-gestation cows. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Equipment - Precondition for animal welfare

Might preconditioning of calves become a requirement? Dan Thomson, DVM, PhD, Beef Cattle Institute, Kansas State University, thinks it could happen and that it should. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Nutrition - Using silage to stretch hay supplies

Due to the shortage of conventional forages and drought damage to many corn fields this year, cow-calf producers are feeding more corn silage than usual. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Reproduction - Cow temperament affects reproduction

Research from Oregon State University indicates aggressive cows have lower reproduction rates than calm cows and that acclimating heifers to low-stress handling can benefit fertility. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Equipment - Calm in the chute

Texas rancher Louie Woodall has seen his share of calves lunging forward, kicking or otherwise struggling while restrained in a squeeze chute, creating a risk of injuring themselves or processing-crew members. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Management - Does stalk grazing reduce yields?

Corn residue offers a cost-effective winter grazing option for producers across the Corn Belt, especially when hay supplies are tight and prices high. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Financial Planning - Tax planning following drought

The drought disaster declaration has given livestock producers in many areas options for deferring income from livestock sales in 2012. FULL STORY »

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