Management

Reduce cow costs, increase revenue

12/19/2012 10:20:00 AM
Property 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.

Production records for the commercial cow herd

11/06/2012 3:15:00 PM
Every 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.

Help your pasture and forage recover from the drought

11/12/2012 11:06:36 AM
While 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.

Is it time to rebuild the beef herd?

10/29/2012 9:32:30 AM
Drought-erasing rains and greener pastures are welcome sights to Arkansas’ battered cattle industry, but ranchers shouldn’t think the danger is past. ... Full story.

Commentary: The Gambler

10/24/2012 3:03:10 PM
Many 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.

Fall feeding and management for spring calving beef herds

10/24/2012 9:50:00 AM
Weaning and winter feeding planning after drought. ... Full story.

Pregnancy testing makes financial sense

10/15/2012 1:55:00 PM
With increased feed costs this winter and shortages of forage in some areas pregnancy testing cows this fall will be vital. ... Full story.

Will fall beef cow culling follow seasonal patterns?

10/08/2012 10:52:17 AM
The 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.

BeefTalk: Understanding culling and replacement rates critical

10/05/2012 9:20:00 AM
Culling and replacement rates are the two numbers that will impact the base cow herd. ... Full story.

Watch for trich when rebuilding herds

10/08/2012 9:24:43 AM
In 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.

September beef management calendar

09/25/2012 2:50:00 PM
Remember to follow these beef cattle management tips as fall begins. ... Full story.

Selecting effective replacement heifers Q&A

09/24/2012 3:45:00 PM
Typically it is advised that 150% of the heifers needed are kept for development. This will allow for some leeway to cull heifers that do not perform well and or do not become pregnant. ... 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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