A collaborative study between USDA and Montana State University found early weaning calves at the start of a synchronized breeding season increased artificial insemination pregnancy rates and cow weights at the time of normal weaning. Contributing Editor Clint Peck provides the details in Weighing In On Early Weaning.

After investing time, elbow grease and dollars harvesting your hay crop, proper storage will maximize its nutritional value, thereby stretching your feed dollars. In Stackin' Bales,”Managing Editor Alaina Burt delves into some of the details, options and economics of wrapping, moving, storing and feeding big round bales.

With high-priced corn sucking value from calves, cow-calf producers should consider price protection for their fall calves, writes Larry Stalcup. In Price Insure Or Hedge? the Amarillo, TX-based freelancer talks about some options, including USDA Livestock Risk Protection, forward contracting and cross-hedging of calves.

USDA's adoption of instrument grading will provide more accurate, consistent and transparent carcass information to all beef-industry constituents. But will the ability to discern the most valuable carcasses return more dollars to producers? Contributing Editor Wes Ishmael examines the workings and the promise in Advanced Price Discovery.”

The FDA earlier this year released a Draft Risk Assessment on livestock cloning that says, “meat and milk from the clones of adult cattle, pigs and goats, and their offspring, are as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals.” But will consumers concur? Senior Editor Burt Rutherford delves into the issue in Consumers And Cloning."

The number of calves enrolled in certified health programs and selling via video auctions increased from 16% in 1995 to 85% in 2005. The figures represent more than 3.2 million calves sold in 26,000 lots. So why aren't all calves preconditioned prior to sale? In Preconditioning roadblocks,” Purdue DVM Mark Hilton examines the issue and offers some advice.