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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 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.
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.
Buying Bulls by the Numbers   ( 2015-01-09 )
The workshops will focus on how beef producers can use estimated progeny differences and DNA in bull selection.
Prairie Fare: Celebrate Soup Month With Comforting, Satisfying Soup   ( 2015-01-08 )
Researchers found that having soup before a meal can take the edge off your appetite.
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: Step 1 for Bull Buying: Red Angus Example   ( 2014-12-11 )
I like to start with the basic growth traits, which are those “touchy, feely” traits that connect what I see in the cattle to what the data is trying to tell me.
Now is Time to Check Cattle Rations, Test Feeds   ( 2014-12-05 )
Inadequate nutrition can cause cows to lose weight and body condition.
Protect Livestock From Sweet Clover Disease   ( 2014-10-22 )
Sweet clover contains a high level of a chemical that can be converted to an anticoagulant.
BeefTalk: Age and Weight Are Cow Herd Dynamics   ( 2014-10-16 )
The cow herd averages 5.6 years of age. Does this mean that all the cows should be managed as 5-year-old cows?
BeefTalk: Time to Sort the Thin, Young or Old Cows   ( 2014-10-09 )
“Thin cows do not compete” and “they need more feed” are points that need to be written on a barn wall, painted on pasture fences and noted on all of your paperwork.
BeefTalk: When a Cow is Determined to be Market Beef, Sell Her   ( 2014-09-25 )
Is the current market demand for beef strong enough to let more cows go or should a producer hold on to more cows to increase the herd?
BeefTalk: Cow Herd Expansion Needs Land   ( 2014-09-18 )
The competition for land and land use are compelling forces that will impact the cattle industry.
BeefTalk: Vaccinate to Protect Ranch Assets   ( 2014-08-21 )
Review the numerous vaccination programs available and then, in consultation with a veterinarian, design and match operational needs with marketing protocols.
BeefTalk: May I Borrow Your Land?   ( 2014-07-31 )
What may seem a relatively small clause at the time of signing could mushroom into a major, if not unmanageable, fiscal request at some unknown future date for some future owner of the property.
BeefTalk: Is There a Place for Cows in the Future?   ( 2014-07-17 )
Like it or not, for beef production to expand, the economics of the beef cow needs to have a threefold increase in net returns to compete with crop production.

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