05/10/2013 9:04:03 AMAs 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.
05/09/2013 1:45:00 PMThe drought has eased in places, but it persists in 40 percent of the U.S. and another 10 percent could revert if seasonal rains stay away this summer. That outlook from the USDA Drought Monitor has many ranchers short on grazing or water at a crossroads. ... Full story.
05/01/2013 11:10:57 AMCattle producers can use Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) to guard against lower calf prices this fall, says Matthew Diersen, SDSU Extension Risk/Business Management Specialist. ... Full story.
04/24/2013 3:20:00 PMYou can’t capitalize on what you don’t market. A sound marketing strategy allows a producer to capture added value in a group of calves. ... Full story.
04/19/2013 9:24:01 AMIn all aspects of life, there always is a transition zone. In the cattle business, one of the most obvious transitions is winter to spring. ... Full story.
04/09/2013 2:35:55 PMHow much does nutrition impact the reproductive rates of cattle? According to Dr. Rick Funston, UNL Beef Reproductive Specialist, “The nutritional status of animals is difficult to measure, and this complicates interpretation of nutrition x reproduction interactions." ... Full story.
04/08/2013 1:37:54 PMThe calving season is in full swing for many spring calving cow herds. Hopefully in a month or so calving season will be over and then off to spring and summer pastures. ... Full story.
04/02/2013 10:45:00 AMThere is plenty of credit available for cattle producers, but they will have to be able to manage risk and develop a very solid business plan around their risk. ... Full story.
03/22/2013 9:40:28 AMTraditionally, income would be seen as a positive influence and expenses a negative in beef herds. ... Full story.
03/20/2013 9:29:47 AMWinter feeding costs are usually the most expensive component of annual costs in a cow-calf operation. Hay feeding is commonly used and provides a viable source of nutrients when pasture growth is typically slow or dormant during the winter months. ... Full story.
03/05/2013 10:10:00 AMWith the Jan. 1, 2013, total of all cattle and calves at 89.3 million head – the lowest reported number in over 60 years – the industry is very short on calf supply. ... Full story.
01/31/2013 1:30:00 PMThese days, you can lease cars, machinery and places to live. But, what about beef cows? Absolutely. ... Full story.
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