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BeefTalk: Evaluate Hay Inventory and Cow Condition   ( 2018-03-15 )
Monitoring cow body condition is critical for staying on top of herd management.
BeefTalk: The Concern is a Dwindling Hay Pile   ( 2018-03-08 )
Producers need to calculate their hay inventory, determine the pounds of cattle and other livestock to be fed, and plan accordingly.
BeefTalk: Expect to Hang Two-thirds of the Cow’s Weight on the Rail   ( 2018-03-01 )
Assuming carcass quality is the same, then acceptable carcass quantity is achievable across a large range in cow weights.
BeefTalk: Do Not Be Afraid to Moderate Cow Size, But Select Good Bulls   ( 2018-02-22 )
Producers need to use the management and genetics that fit their operation and adapt accordingly.
BeefTalk: Finding the Right Cow Size is Not Simple   ( 2018-02-15 )
Bigger and bigger cows may not be the best option.
BeefTalk: Bull Selection for Moderate Growth?   ( 2018-02-08 )
Now may be the time to get a handle on the perpetual size race.
BeefTalk: Developing Sire Genetic Benchmarks   ( 2018-02-01 )
Benchmarks are key to guiding future sire purchases.
BeefTalk: Why Push a Chain Up a Hill?   ( 2018-01-25 )
Matching cattle inventory and calving date with appropriate forage-based systems is critical.
BeefTalk: Healthy Soil Buffers Human Inadequacies   ( 2018-01-18 )
Production practices that reduce soil disturbance, increase plant diversity, add animal diversity and maintain living roots are a positive step.
BeefTalk: Shop Around; Cattle Eat More Than Hay   ( 2018-01-11 )
This year’s challenge for the beef manager is finding the balance among winter demands, feed inventory and cattle inventory.
BeefTalk: Keeping More Heifers Turned Out Well   ( 2018-01-04 )
Keeping more heifers during a drought can help preserve a herd’s genetics and increase management flexibility.
BeefTalk: Rolling Out Hay is Rolling Out Dollars   ( 2017-12-28 )
Feeding calves high-priced hay needs to be a bridge from one low-cost production scenario to the next.
BeefTalk: Will the Hay Inventory Feed the Cows?   ( 2017-12-21 )
Provide the proper supplementation to meet the current needs of the cow herd or reduce inventory.
BeefTalk: Just When Does One Let the Calves Go?   ( 2017-12-14 )
Match individual managerial skills with the operation and market accordingly.
BeefTalk: Use the Numbers When Bull Buying   ( 2017-12-07 )
Expected progeny differences are the best selection tool to help beef operations meet future goals.
BeefTalk: Has the Beef Industry Reached Commercial Thresholds for Performance?   ( 2017-11-30 )
Future improvement in agriculture will be a balancing act.
BeefTalk: Reproductive Performance in Commercial Beef Herds is Remarkable   ( 2017-11-22 )
As a whole, today’s cattle reproduce very well.
BeefTalk: Beef Growth Performance Continues to be Stable   ( 2017-11-16 )
The current growth benchmark for actual weaning weight is 554 pounds at 192 days of age, with an average daily gain of 2.5 pounds.
BeefTalk: Beef Production Weaning 498 Pounds Per Cow Exposed   ( 2017-11-09 )
To truly measure progress, producers need to collect, analyze and report data, and set goals.
BeefTalk: The Challenge of Cow Size   ( 2017-11-02 )
The solution is finding moderately sized cows that produce steers to meet current market desires and specifications.
BeefTalk: BeefTalk: Evaluate Hay Inventory and Cow Condition  (2018-03-15)  Monitoring cow body condition is critical for staying on top of herd management.  FULL STORY
Prairie Fare: Prairie Fare: Are Vegetarian Diets Healthful?  (2018-03-15)  Vegetarian diets usually are lower in fat and saturated fat.  FULL STORY
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