Management

Livestock risk protection for calves

05/01/2013 11:10:57 AM
Cattle 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.

Developing a marketing plan to capture value for your calves

04/24/2013 3:20:00 PM
You 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.

BeefTalk: The transition zone not a good calving time

04/19/2013 9:24:01 AM
In 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.

Nutrition can impact pregnancy rates in heifers and cows

04/09/2013 2:35:55 PM
How 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.

Tallying up the calving season

04/08/2013 1:37:54 PM
The 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.

Credit availability to operate in today’s beef industry

04/02/2013 10:45:00 AM
There 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.

BeefTalk: Looking for $200

03/22/2013 9:40:28 AM
Traditionally, income would be seen as a positive influence and expenses a negative in beef herds. ... Full story.

The importance of estimating the economic value of a hay sample

03/20/2013 9:29:47 AM
Winter 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.

Cow herd rebuilding takes time

03/05/2013 10:10:00 AM
With 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.

Livestock leasing good option for producers willing to share risk

01/31/2013 1:30:00 PM
These days, you can lease cars, machinery and places to live. But, what about beef cows? Absolutely. ... Full story.

Performance records resolutions for the New Year

01/11/2013 9:50:00 AM
As we begin 2013, it is a good time to reflect on the successes of the year just past. It is also a great time to commit to plans for the New Year. ... Full story.

How likely is cow herd expansion in 2013?

01/07/2013 10:50:00 AM
USDA estimated that there were 29.833 million beef cows in the country on January 1, 2012. USDA’s annual cattle inventory report, to be released on February 1, will provide the year’s first count of the herd, but based on beef cow slaughter and expected heifer retention last year, beef cow numbers were likely 1-1.5% lower on January 1, 2013. ... Full story.
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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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