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Business information for every segment of the beef business.

At what point do we run out of cattle?

Jan 17, 2011 by Drovers
The U.S. beef cow herd has decreased 12 of the last 14 years, dropping from a cyclical peak of 35.3 million head in 1996 to the January 2010 level of 31.3 million head.

ATV cattle guards (Facilities)

Jan 17, 2011 by Drovers
Opening and closing gates in high-traffic areas can waste a lot of time. Bridgewater, Iowa, rancher Evan Rayl estimates the cattle guards he built for his ATV saves an hour a day during the two-month-long calving season

A low-cost commodity shed (Facilities)

Jan 17, 2011 by Drovers
This truck box from a used commercial vehicle serves as an inexpensive storage place for the protein-mineral mixes. It does a good job of keeping these high-cost speciality blends dry.

Trace mineral calculator (Nutrient management)

Jan 17, 2011 by Drovers
Wondering if your cow herd is getting adequate amounts of trace minerals? To find the answer, the University of Nebraska offers a trace mineral calculator to help you determine if trace mineral needs are being met, and

The “best” time to castrate (Calf management)

Jan 17, 2011 by Drovers
"There seems to be several times that bull calves are castrated: at birth, at branding time, prior to moving the calf and dam to spring/summer pasture, at weaning, and, sometimes in the seedstock business, after weaning

30 months and up

Jan 17, 2011 by Drovers
USDA attempts to reassure the public with new handling procedures for older cattle.

AI preparation

Jan 17, 2011 by Drovers
Take time now to make sure you and your herd are ready this breeding season.

Building efficiency

Jan 17, 2011 by Drovers
Starting from scratch seven years ago, this Texas feedyard makes customers' needs a priority.