01/11/2013 9:50:00 AMAs 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.
01/07/2013 10:50:00 AMUSDA 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.
12/19/2012 10:20:00 AMProperty taxes don’t mind if your cows are black or white or red. Ranches must have fences, pickups and equipment, regardless of what the calves weigh at weaning. ... Full story.
11/06/2012 3:15:00 PMEvery rancher’s wife knows the panic that ensues when she takes a load of laundry out of the wash during calving season and realizes she has washed the calving book! Hopefully that is not the only copy because the value of good herd records is irreplaceable when it comes to cow herd management. ... Full story.
11/12/2012 11:06:36 AMWhile most of the drought attention was given to corn and soybeans, pastures and hay crops were suffering just as much. Many Corn Belt operations had to ship cattle early and liquidate beef herds because of the lack of forage. ... Full story.
10/29/2012 9:32:30 AMDrought-erasing rains and greener pastures are welcome sights to Arkansas’ battered cattle industry, but ranchers shouldn’t think the danger is past. ... Full story.
10/24/2012 3:03:10 PMMany of you probably remember the old Kenny Rogers song from the late 1970's called "The Gambler". The reason I mention this song is that the lyrics have real meaning for today's cow-calf producer and decisions made with heifers from the 2012 calf crop. ... Full story.
10/24/2012 9:50:00 AMWeaning and winter feeding planning after drought. ... Full story.
10/15/2012 1:55:00 PMWith increased feed costs this winter and shortages of forage in some areas pregnancy testing cows this fall will be vital. ... Full story.
10/08/2012 10:52:17 AMThe fall cow culling season is upon us. The weeks from mid-October through mid-December typically has the highest beef cow slaughter of the year (except for Thanksgiving week), with most of the increase in the four weeks prior to Thanksgiving. ... Full story.
10/05/2012 9:20:00 AMCulling and replacement rates are the two numbers that will impact the base cow herd. ... Full story.
10/08/2012 9:24:43 AMIn some areas of the country hit hardest by drought that culled cows but now are rebuilding herds, diseases like trichomoniasis need to be of top concern. “As cows change hands, diseases move,” says Mac Devin, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim. "We'll be bringing cows back to states like Texas when the drought is over and we are growing more forages." ... Full story.
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10/19/2012We’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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