BeefTalk: To pass, 60 percent must calve in 21 days
As the calving season winds down, check the calving book. Count the number of cows that calved within 21 days from when the third mature cow calved. Keep counting until you get to the end of the calving book. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Where are the elders?
In the world of beef production, all management directives are designed to maintain and improve the herd. Each cow, bull and calf is essential. Calving time serves to illustrate the strong desire and need to focus on each cow and calf. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: One-way ticket to town
Bull 50 just bought himself a one-way ticket to town. For bulls, there are only two pens. One is the pen for breeding bulls, while the other bulls go to the "for beef market" pen. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: The plow and cow are strange companions
The world of beef cattle, at least for some, is good and so are profits. The cow-calf enterprise is making money for those who are in the upper 40 percent of gross margins minus direct and overhead expenses. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Survival comes before expansion in the cow business
What would you say if someone told you that 40 percent of the cow-calf producers are struggling to justify being in the beef business? After all, the cattle business is a great business and currently humming along through great times. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: The cow business is very positive
The cow-calf business continues to see positive returns. Although 2009 was not a great year for beef producers, 2010 was and 2011 was even better. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Have you done the annual ranch enterprise analysis?
Time is ticking away, so in the world of biology, plants are starting to wake up and livestock know that spring is coming. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Now is the season of bull buyers and sellers
The bull-buying season certainly is here, and I hope those who need some good replacement bulls are busy shopping. Like a good ice pond with way too many ice houses loaded with fishermen, who gets the fish (in this case, the bull) takes luck and good planning. FULL STORY »