Monthly Archives: April 2013

Wiltbank Principles for Improved Reproduction

By Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume In the cow-calf business reproduction is the probably the most important factor in determining breeding cow gross margin (or Gross Profit = Revenue – Direct Costs). Also, most of us (myself included) were taught … Continue reading

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Why Is There a Dole for Farmers?

by DOUG BANDOW via The Freeman Uncle Sam is broke. After running up $5 trillion in deficits over the last four years, Washington is borrowing another $845 billion this year. And assuming Congress neither adds expensive new programs nor expands expensive … Continue reading

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In observance of the ‘green holy day’ Earth Day: The science of economics versus the religion of environmentalism

Posted on April 28, 2013 by Land & Livestock Interntional, Inc. I only have one small nit to pick with Landsburg and it deals with his loose terminology. We are all “environmentalists” to the extent that nobody wants to live … Continue reading

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Why the Packer Loves Cowmen: Part V, Goals and the Breeding Index

by Dr. Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume Reasonable goals are: 1) conception rate of 95% in a 60 day breeding season; 2) 75% of cows should calve in the first 20 days of calving; and 3) 90% or more of the … Continue reading

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Why the Packer Loves Cowmen: Part IV, Selection of Reproduction Season

by Dr. Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume To improve conception and calves weaned per cow requires several things and one of the most important is deciding when the breeding season should start. The factors involved in this decision include prices, weather … Continue reading

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Why the Packer Loves Cowmen: Part III, Bull Costs

by Dr. Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume There are many purposes for budgets. One of the most valuable is to calculate how much one alternative will have to increase production in order to break-even with another alternative. For example, let’s make some … Continue reading

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Earth Day’s Big Lie

by Alan Caruba from Warning Signs via LewRockwell.com  Recently by Alan Caruba: Your Insane U.S. Energy Department Monday, April 22, is Earth Day. Begun in 1970, it led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Clean Air, Clean … Continue reading

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Why the Packer Loves Cowmen: Part II, Average Cow Life

by Dr. Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume At the end of Part I. We sad that there are three ways to cut back on breeding animals without reducing the calf crop: 1) improve herd fertility so that fewer replacement heifers are … Continue reading

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Why the Packer Loves Cowmen: Part I, The Reproductive Index

by Dr. Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume Here is something that is sure to surprise you. Let’s calculate the number of calves weaned per breeding animal, including bulls, replacement heifers and cows using ”typical” assumptions: 1) A less than 80% conception … Continue reading

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Food for Thought

by Johan Zietsman  1. Cattle are bred to be lean and “efficient” and fed to be fat and “productive”. Is it not strange that the so-called “unimproved” breeds out-perform the “improved” breeds in veld tests? Consider the results of the … Continue reading

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