Archive for May 2012

Coaching Employees About Costs

by Don Tyler Our production costs continue to increase in nearly every area, and the trend will no doubt continue for some time. Unfortunately, the youngest generation of the workforce seems more disconnected than ever from a general concept of what it costs for the inputs and supplies they use every day. As I work…

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Feedlot Grows Without Losing Original Vision

Growing a feedlot from 6,000-head capacity to more than 60,000 is no easy task, even for the best in the business. For Easterday Ranches manager Sam Cossio, the expansion highlighted the need to train staff as cattle industry professionals so the business can flourish — all while leaving the organization’s vision intact. “It was important…

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Capital Needs

by Lauren Caggiano No matter what business you’re in, it takes more money to operate than it did just five or ten years ago. Feed prices have reached a new “normal,” and rising fuel prices make everything more expensive. Add to that record high land prices, and cattlemen are finding they must make a decision.…

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John Deere

Hay producers can now determine the moisture content of the hay they are baling on the go with the Advanced Baler-Mounted Hay Moisture Tester from John Deere.  The tester allows the operator to make adjustments, and to set high and low moisture reading limits. In addition, the unit can easily be recalibrated between bales to…

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Worksaver

The universal manure/silage/debris forks by Worksaver fit most loaders. Units accept bolt-on interfacing brackets to mate with most pin-on or quick attach loaders.  Pre-cut slots in the back plate allow for easy installation of the bolt-on interfacing brackets.  Units are ideal for handling loose debris, manure, hay or straw. All models feature forged cranked tines…

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Supreme International

Supreme International Ltd is pleased to announce the introduction of its newest member of the family The Segue [seg-way]. Segue TMR mixers offer a great mix and an ideal price point for small to mid-size operations. It has a patented auger design for timely, accurate mixing, designed with sound, field tested principles. Please visit our…

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Kuhn Mower

The GMD 8730 FF is a rear-mounted triple disc mower that delivers a clean cut with a wide cutting width. This mower provides high reliability and quick cutting to help produce quality forage. Each mower has a low, smooth cutterbar profile (and computer-designed discs) to ensure a close, consistent cut.  

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Advances in AI Technology

by Heather Smith Thomas During the past 10 years, the biggest breakthrough in improving AI techniques has been development of more effective synchronization protocols, making AI easier. All the cows can be bred on the same day instead of having to watch for heat. Conception rates have also improved. “We’re now using timed AI, where…

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Looking at Another Run Higher?

by Luke Schwieterman, President of Schwieterman INC. Cattle on feed estimates for the March report are 102.3 percent on feed, 102.7 percent placed and 99.5 percent marketed. The trade estimates pretty much line up with the five year averages. We would guess that the marketing number will be above 100 percent since domestic use and…

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Like Kerosene on a Brush Fire: Grazing Supplements Can Kick-Start Gains

by Paul Davis, Ph.D Spring and summer often afford cattlemen the  opportunity to utilize grass and small grain pasture to put economical gain on stocker calves. This type of grazing or stockering is a long-standing practice in the beef industry. Lush growing pastures and immature small grains are often very nutritious and subsequently calves perform…

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