Cow / Calf Corner

Are the bulls ready for the fall breeding season?

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist The fall breeding season is less than two months away.  If you have not assessed your bull battery recently, time is running out.  Contact your local veterinarian and make arrangements to see that your bulls of all ages pass a breeding soundness exam.  Late summer high…

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Heifer management helps rebuild cow herds to produce quality beef

SALEM, Mo. – Rebuilding the U.S. cow herd numbers takes more than keeping female offspring to breed. Managing beef heifers is as important as using improved genetics in developing replacements, says David Patterson, University of Missouri. As farmers save heifers to breed for increasing their cow herds, careful attention must be paid to pre-breeding care.…

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BeefTalk: Have Some Bulls to Cull?

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Now is a good time to look at the bull pen, even though it probably is empty. In fact, one would have to wonder why if there is a bull in the pen. For many, the bulls are left on pasture and rounded up with the cows and calves as…

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Volatility is at hand

By: Luke Schwieterman, Schwieterman, Inc. Whether it is good news or bad news the volatility so far in August is a test for producers. Live cattle futures pulled back into mid-month close to $10.00 and Feeder Cattle pulled back about $5.00. The fat cattle cash market pulled back the same. The cash feeder index has…

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Castration Study: Cut ’em Young

By: Terri Queck-Matzie When it comes to castration, younger is better, says University of Florida Professor and Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Matt Hersom.  Hersom cites a University of Florida study by Imler, Hersom, Thrift and Yelich evaluating the effect of age at castration on beef calf performance. “There is no benefit to delaying castration,” says…

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