A successful calving season: Pre-calving considerations

Does confined cow-calf production have a future?

USDA’s latest Cattle Inventory report says expansion of beef cow numbers, which hit a 50-year low in 2013, is underway. In fact, USDA predicts that U.S. beef producers will add 750,000 cows each year between 2016 and 2019.

With fewer pasture acres available for grazing today, and an overcapacity in cattle feeding facilities, some experts believe that confined cow-calf production could be one solution that will allow new producers to enter the cow-calf business. This week’s online poll is: “Does confinement have a future in cow-calf production?” Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

Do you use a nutritional consultant?

Nutritional consultants have been used for years by commercial cattle feeders, dairy operators, and hog and poultry producers. BEEF editors are curious how many cow-calf ranchers take advantage of the expertise offered by beef cattle nutritionists. Do you use a nutritional consultant?

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