Management

Climate, weather and cattle

11/13/2013 10:35:00 AM
One of the program priorities of the Iowa Beef Center is to help the industry adapt to environmental and economic risk. ... Full story.

Cow cost is too high to keep an open cow

10/25/2013 8:34:58 AM
In many parts of Arkansas, producers experienced plenty of spring and early summer rainfall. Unlike last year, hay is abundant and in many cases producers have more hay than they have cattle. ... Full story.

Fall is the time to plan beef herd expansion

10/04/2013 6:05:00 AM
There’s no weather guarantee for 2014, but cattle producers can’t wait until next spring to make herd rebuilding plans so the time to decipher a plan for your operation is now. ... Full story.

Kansas State program addresses herd repopulation

08/21/2013 4:25:38 PM
Cattle producers interested in adding cattle to their herds can take advantage of a program developed by Kansas State University to improve management techniques and marketability of heifers. ... Full story.

Rain has cattle producers seeing green, rebuilding in line

08/19/2013 10:43:16 AM
Increasing live and feeder cattle prices, lower feed costs and green pastures across the Great Plains have cattle producers interested in herd rebuilding following consecutive years of drought. ... Full story.

Plush pastures, falling feed prices lead to some heifer retention

08/07/2013 4:25:00 PM
Recovering pastures and reduced feed prices are likely to spark a slow trend of heifer retention for U.S. beef producers, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. ... Full story.

Symposium to address ways to increase cattle herd

07/30/2013 2:54:15 PM
Calf numbers in 2012 were at a 64-year low, in part due to drought, rising feed costs and increased land values. Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and other universities are exploring how to increase those numbers in a sustainable way. ... Full story.

As heat stress and fair season arrive, manage animals carefully

07/22/2013 11:22:56 AM
A mild, rainy spring has yielded to heat, humidity and lack of moisture, and the state's livestock have begun to suffer the consequences. ... Full story.

Tally Time – Measurements to cull by

07/16/2013 11:50:00 AM
During drought, our focus is generally on what we don’t have and can’t do. Culling a portion of the cow herd is often needed during extended drought. ... Full story.

Cattle producers watching future with ‘guarded optimism’

06/28/2013 2:00:55 PM
While there are signs of some ranchers beginning to rebuild herds, experts at the Independent Cattlemen’s Association meeting are monitoring the beef cattle situation closely as drought conditions continue to affect parts of Texas beef production country. ... Full story.

BeefTalk: To pass, 60 percent must calve in 21 days

05/10/2013 9:04:03 AM
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.

How to keep the herd

05/09/2013 1:45:00 PM
The 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.
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Ask the expert: Mixing cows from drought-stricken ranches

10/19/2012
We’re buying young cow from drought stricken ranches and moving them to ours. Do we co-mingle or segregate for how long? Full story.

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