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  • drought strategy cost harlan hughes
    Feb 25, 2013
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    Strategies To Build Back The Beef Herd After Drought

    A conventional drought repopulation strategy is to buy back as many bred heifers after the drought as cows were sold during the drought. The example rancher in my previous three columns sold 50 bred cows from his original 250-head cowherd in 2012; therefore, he wanted to evaluate buying back 50 bred heifers in spring 2013....More
  • selling cows after drought
    Jan 24, 2013
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    This Year’s Drought Is High-Stakes Poker 6

    An oft-repeated phrase throughout the past few years is that “you can’t feed your way out of a drought.” I understand that logic, but the decision is a whole lot simpler if you could plan to buy back from a market similar to the one you sold into, or if you believed you could purchase similar quality genetics at similar premium or discount levels....More
  • drought depoulation & repopulation
    Jan 23, 2013
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    Thoughts On Repopulating A Beef Herd After Drought

    In times of drought, ranchers should focus most of their management energy on cash flowing the herd through the drought and beyond. Remember, a drought’s cash-flow impact on a herd is 7-10 years....More
  • culling cows after drought
    Dec 20, 2012
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    Consider The Invisible Costs Of Your Drought Strategy 3

    In a continuation of the drought strategies analysis, we project the invisible costs of having fewer calves to sell in the years following the 2012 drought.....More
  • Oct 24, 2012
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    The Economics Of Various Drought Strategies

    The 2012 summer drought hit much of cow country. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension economist, summed up the situation in late August this way: “The percent of pastures and range rated as poor to very poor is 59% for the entire country, with higher percentages for the Great Plains (77%), Corn Belt (69%), and Southern Plains (66%), along with the Western region at 54%.”...More
  • Sep 27, 2012
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    Managing Drought-Stressed Calves

    With a majority of beef cattle country affected by drought during the 2012 grazing season, forage sources are at a premium for fall and winter. That heat and lack of moisture has stressed pastures and the grazing animals that depend on them. Connie Larson, PhD, who serves as ruminant manager for Zinpro research & nutritional services, provides some advice on feeding and management considerations for drought-stressed calves as the industry heads into the fall and winter seasons....More
  • beef cattle feed advice for drought stressed cows
    Sep 27, 2012
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    Cow Management Advice Following 2012 Drought

    With a majority of beef cattle country affected by drought during the 2012 grazing season, forage sources and cattle feed are at a premium for fall and winter. That heat and lack of moisture has stressed pastures and the grazing animals that depend on them....More
  • reduce cattle feed bill by cutting hay waste
    Sep 21, 2012
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    Cutting Winter Hay-Feeding Costs

    Between drought, politics and questions surrounding domestic consumer beef demand, this fall is shaping up to present producers with one of those head-scratching forks in the road. But one thing that does seem assured is that hay will be scarce and expensive....More
  • Aug 31, 2012
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    Corn Crop Continues To Jangle Industry Nerves 1

    Because of the widespread nature of this summer’s drought, the implications for the U.S. beef industry go far beyond the effect that corn will have on calf prices this fall. Of course, the difference between $8/bu. and $10/bu. corn is monumental in the short term, but the greatest impact for the cattle industry is likely to be in the long term....More
  • Aug 28, 2012
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    BEEF Veterinarian Provides Top Nine Drought Tips 1

    Times of drought are no time for business as usual. Here are tips for planning ahead for next year and thinking outside the box for this year. Here are nine drought-management tips by BEEF veterinarian columnist Mark Hilton....More
  • Aug 28, 2012
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    Your Herd’s Economic Base Will Determine Your Drought Strategy

    Each ranch operator must figure his herd’s economic base when launching a drought management plan. And in many parts of the country, a drought management plan is a necessity today....More
  • Aug 23, 2012
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    Survive Today And Prosper Tomorrow 4

    The future undoubtedly will bring record prices for the beef industry – and, if Mother Nature cooperates, record profits. The trick is that one has to survive the current challenge to get to that point. But the decline in numbers also presents some long-term challenges....More

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