Selecting a herd sire is one of the most important decisions a cowcalf producer makes. A herd bull contributes half the genetic makeup of his calves and plays an essential role in herd genetic improvement.
Despite the decline in prices over the past year, feed costs remain the majority of the expense of maintaining a beef cattle operation. Corn prices remain around $3.60 to $3.70 per bushel as I write this.
Back when there was a little more snow on the ground, I came across a notice that the Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2010 has a sunset clause in it dated September 30, 2015. That inspired me to reexamine the content o
On Tuesday, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the much-anticipated Prospective Plantings report. This report showed corn planted area to fall by 2 percent from 2014 to the lowest planted ac
Water, drought, border security and the cattle market outlook were pertinent issues discussed at the 2015 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention held recently at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
The Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule went into effect on March 11, 2013. However, after a 2-year grace period, the final component of the rule went into effect this month. Many producers have been asking questions
The White House, on March 27, released its National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, a five-year, $1.2 billion plan to fight antibiotic resistance, a plan that includes human and animal health fa
DuPont Pioneer announced the Journal of Crop Science published results of a multi-year study conducted to evaluate corn hybrids under drought-stress, or water-limited, conditions. Findings scientifically demonstrate the
It's been talked about for 60 years. It's better for animals, preferred by most cattle feeders and could provide a 169% return on investment. "2014 was the biggest ‘no brainer' year in history to precondition your cal
Mob Grazing is a "new" grazing technique that has been slowly sweeping Wisconsin and the upper-Midwest for the last decade. This technique attempts to simulate historical grazing patterns conducted by native herbivores
When considering profit, it is much easier for producers to sell calves that have always been healthy rather than those treated for disease, reported Washington State University Extension. While it is important to work
The federal Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program is up and running, but challenges including inconsistencies in state requirements and mixed messages regarding program goals continue to slow progress toward true tr
Key ingredients to a modified hayfield or pasture re-establishment plan include use of no-till planting technique and incorporation of annual forage or cover crop selections with potential for good grazing.