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BeefTalk: Pounds of Calf Weaned per Acre   ( 2015-07-01 )
The pounds of calf weaned per acre is key to the evaluation of any cattle system.
BeefTalk: May Calving is Productive   ( 2015-06-25 )
May calving is enjoyable, manageable and workable.
BeefTalk: Summer Safety for the Farm and Ranch   ( 2015-06-18 )
Visitors may not be aware of the dangers on the farm or ranch.
BeefTalk: Parasites, the Unwanted Guest   ( 2015-06-11 )
Be on the lookout for parasites this year.
BeefTalk: Biosecurity Confessions   ( 2015-06-04 )
I must confess some consternation with this expectation of restrictions such as protective boots and clothing and bottles of disinfectant.
BeefTalk: Cow Size and Success in the Beef Business   ( 2015-05-28 )
Coffee discussions tend to assume an answer quickly, but the reality is much more difficult and complicated.
BeefTalk: Genetic Diversity is a Good Thing   ( 2015-05-21 )
Crossbreeding various breeds of cattle produced calves that are genetically varied. This expanded gene pool has positive benefits on calf survival, growth and subsequent reproduction as mature cattle.
Thin Cows? A Pre-breeding Nutritional Push Helps   ( 2015-05-14 )
Winter effects will vary, but for those cows that used up some conditioning during the cold winter, spring feed is critical to meet lactation needs, as well pending reproductive needs.
BeefTalk: Have a Plan to Manage Cowherd Subgroups   ( 2015-05-07 )
The point and challenge is that beef producers need to have a plan. In other words, it is the process of slowly changing stocking rates to reflect the changing plant communities in response to changing moisture supplies.
BeefTalk: Prepare for the Unexpected, Live the Expected   ( 2015-04-30 )
As producers, there is no way to control the amount of rain we get, so we are forced to develop management plans that will be accommodating to various levels of moisture.
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.
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