Cash cow costs plus pasture jumped from about $550.00/cow five years ago to nearly $800 in 2013, according to the Livestock Marketing Information Center. That’s $100 more than last year, based on 14 cost categories.
For 2014, cattle slaughter is expected to decrease roughly 7%, year over year, leading to decreased beef production of over 6.5% for the year, according to Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist....More
With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about hay. Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension forages field specialist, recently wrote an article about how to store and preserve the hay you’ve spent all summer working hard to put up. I’ve rounded up five considerations from her article to help you get the most out of your hay this winter....More
November is a good time for beef producers to assess their pastures and facilities and take care of some routine tasks to prepare their cattle operations for winter, suggests Ron Lemenager, a Purdue University extension specialist....More
Yesterday was my 26th birthday, and the lucky gal that I am, my husband Tyler bought me a trailer load of bred cows for my big day. Forget a dinner and a movie, I spent my birthday tearing down fence and putting up new in some old lots we have on the place, in preparation for winterizing these spring-calving cows....More
In addition to weaning, preg-checking and harvest, fall is a busy time for cattle sales. I’ve been to a few sales in the last couple of weeks, and it has been interesting to be in the stands and take notes on the highs and lows of these sales....More
One of my favorite hobbies is showing the cattle we raise. Since I was five years old, I’ve been helping my dad break bulls for consignment sales and prepare my 4-H steers and heifers for summer shows. I learned a lot from showing cattle. As a kid, they were my responsibility. I washed them each day, which allowed me to really bond with these calves and helped me to fall in love with the beef cattle industry....More
We’re in a mad scramble around our place to finish the last of our winter preparations. The western part of the state was hit by a freakishly early storm in early October, but with November now here, steady inclement weather could be he here to stay anytime now....More