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BeefTalk: When Should Cows Calve?   ( 2015-04-23 )
Basically, a cow will calf when she and her calf decide the time is right.
BeefTalk: Cattle Deserve a Professional Herd-health Program   ( 2015-04-16 )
The cost of implementing adequate biosecurity measures and associated vaccination protocols is minimal, compared with the cost of even losing one calf, let alone a cow or bull.
BeefTalk: Start Planning Now if the Summer Looks Dry   ( 2015-04-09 )
Drought and excess moisture are very frequent concerns in the agricultural community. This year appears to moving in the direction of dryness.
BeefTalk: Nice Weather for Calving is Priority One   ( 2015-04-02 )
Every nice spring brings the comment: “Wish I could calve all my cows now.” Of course, those springs that bring cold weather and extensive snow and slush bring more negative comments about early calving.
BeefTalk: The Big 60 Means 60 Percent Calved in 21 Days!   ( 2015-03-26 )
The 60 percent goal is very realistic.
Beeftalk: Can Profitable Beef Operations Go Broke?   ( 2015-03-19 )
The market price of a calf minus the direct expenses of producing that calf often is stated as profit. However, that calculation is far from any indication of the financial status of a beef operation.
BeefTalk: Is Return on Assets Large Enough to Expand the Cow Business?   ( 2015-03-12 )
If the rate of return is inadequate for the one investing the assets into a business endeavor, there is no business.
BeefTalk: Commercial Beef Production Remains a Stable Business   ( 2015-03-05 )
Beef producers are meeting the demands of modern beef production and can look forward to future decades with optimism.
BeefTalk: Commercial Beef Production Benchmarks for 2014   ( 2015-02-26 )
Each year, I look forward to the analysis that generates average values for beef traits.
BeefTalk: Got the Calving Book Handy?   ( 2015-02-19 )
A calving book is a book that allows producers to write down the tag number they put in the calf to record the date of birth as close as possible.
BeefTalk: Cow Contentment is a Good Thing   ( 2015-02-12 )
Access to the proper feed, good water and a reasonable space that has wind protection will keep a cow content.
Prairie Fare: DASH Diet Recognized for Lowering Blood Pressure   ( 2015-02-05 )
In many ways, the diet is very similar to the “MyPlate” recommendations.
BeefTalk: Feel Good by Feeding Some Alfalfa   ( 2015-02-05 )
Adding some alfalfa hay to a low-quality feed base will make supplementing the ration easier.
BeefTalk: Feed Those Cows the Right Amount of Feed   ( 2015-01-29 )
A common mistake that is made as the weather warms is to reduce the feed a little bit.
BeefTalk: Register Those Bulls!   ( 2015-01-22 )
Even if individual animal identification numbers are not available for all the cattle in the inventory, the registration numbers available throughout the purebred business are critical and the heart of the breed association.
BeefTalk: Buy Wisely and Spend Thriftily   ( 2015-01-15 )
The first and greatest cost is maintaining the cow inventory.
BeefTalk: After-the-party Blues   ( 2015-01-08 )
Those who do their homework will lessen the pains of life, but even then there are no guarantees in this business.
BeefTalk: Revising the Red Angus and Simmental Bull Pen   ( 2014-12-31 )
The process begins again each year by evaluating the genetics of the “keeper bulls” prior to going out and bidding on similar or better bulls.
BeefTalk: Revising the Bull Pen   ( 2014-12-23 )
Embedding the right EPD values for the chosen traits into the herd is critical for long-term genetic success.
BeefTalk: Step 1 for Bull Buying: Simmental Example   ( 2014-12-18 )
The baseline traits used are simple growth traits that meet my “touchy, feely” criteria.
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