Weaning

Genetics

  • Jun 18, 2012
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    Wanted: Protective Mother Cows 7

    Numerous studies show that selecting beef cattle for a calm temperament improves weight gain and meat quality. Over the years, however, several ranchers have reported an increase in poor mothering among their cows. Perhaps this is the result of intensive selection during the last decade for calmer, more docile cows....More

Health

People

Columns

  • May 31, 2012
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    Five Things I Would Pay More For 5

    We’re all interested in holding down our costs, but experience has taught me that there are five areas I won’t skimp on. That’s because the extra quality either brings more end value or costs less in the long run....More
  • Jun 22, 2012
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    Preconditioning Of Calves Is A Win-Win-Win Equation 1

    It’s hard to argue with win-win situations in life. Even better are win-win-win situations. Preconditioning (PC) calves fits the win-win-win scenario. The first win of PC is the calf’s health and welfare. The research studies are solid on the health and welfare benefits to PC calves – there’s less morbidity and less mortality in the feedlot....More
  • Jun 22, 2012
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    Calves Will Be Fewer, And More Expensive

    “As we (the industry) keep heifers back and we work through the tail end of last year’s drought cattle, we’re just now on the verge of supplies getting tight,” says Jackie Moore, owner of Joplin Regional Stockyards in Carthage, MO. Think of that. That’s despite beef cows numbers having declined every year, and 9% overall, since 2007 (January to January). And 2007 was a time when beef cow numbers were already sucking dregs by historical standards. ...More
  • Jun 22, 2012
    blog

    What’s The Real Cost Of Heifer Development?

    Today’s high market prices are stimulating talk of herd expansion. Ranchers can either raise or purchase their replacement females, but the most tend to raise them. In fact, my last two columns have focused on this internal expansion decision....More
  • Jun 22, 2012
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    A Pitch For Operational Simplicity 1

    It’s probably apparent from my previous articles that I have a strong bias toward operational simplicity. When considering war on cost, the best place to start is overhead. From ranches I’ve seen, here’s how I’d describe a low-overhead ranch. Let’s assume that a husband and wife with children still living at home are running 600-800 cows with a good number of the calves held over to run as yearlings. Some will be kept as replacement heifers and some will be sold....More
  • Jun 22, 2012
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    Cull Cow Value Skyrockets In Today's Market 1

    Americans’ appetite for ground beef is great news for cow-calf producers. Given the tight supplies of lean manufacturing beef, cull cows have become almost as valuable as gold. Demand for cull-cow beef is outstripping the domestic supply, which has meant record-high prices for lean boneless beef (90CL), cow carcasses and the cows themselves. Cull cows historically have accounted for 20% of a cow-calf producer’s annual income. This might have risen a notch or two over the past year, although calf prices have also hit record levels....More

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