Category Archives: Cattle Production

Cull or keep? Factors to consider when culling cows

Plus, culling on temperament and maternal behaviour   And in the case of heifers, if she doesn’t have 2 calves by her 3rd birthday, take her to town. — jt. 419 Photo: Supplied By Heather Smith Thomas via Canadian Cattlemen Grant … Continue reading

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How to cull the right cow without keeping records

I subscribe to an even simpler process. Leave the bulls out year round. Calve during the 21 day period on either side of mid-rains (total calving time = 42 days). Anything that calves outside that period goes to town. Select … Continue reading

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This Week at the Circle

Learning from Africa’s Herbivores These articles shed light on some of the basic insights of holistic management, planned grazing, and permaculture, as to the physiology of desert grasslands: Plants need animals as much as animals need plants. Many, many kinds … Continue reading

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Protecting your cattle from theft

By Debbie Furber via Canadian Cattlemen Photo: Thinkstock Corporal Christian Reister, one of Alberta’s two RCMP officers dedicated to livestock files, offers some tips on how to protect your herd on pasture: 1. Branding is the single biggest deterrent and … Continue reading

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Why we need to let Mother Nature select replacement heifers

 So, since I’m suggesting that you do something differently than the typical rancher, the question “Why not?” deserves an answer. I don’t suspect that doing something differently than the “typical rancher” would bother this group too much. — jtl by … Continue reading

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“Bud Boxes” Gaining in Popularity for Cattle Handling

You might want to get familiar with the term “Bud Box”. It may change the way you work your cattle.  Certainly worth consideration. — jtl, 419 In a recently sponsored Stockmanship and Stewardship event, guest speaker Dr. Ron Gill, Extension … Continue reading

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Cattle Rustling U.S.A., Where ’Rawhide’ Meets ’Breaking Bad’

 Signs of our times. Sigh… Or is it just a turn back to the “Wild Wild West?” Ou rah! jtl, 419 The following is a portion of an article by Jon Herskovitz and Heide Brandes  via NorthernAg.net Cattle rustling, a … Continue reading

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Cow confinement can improve pastures

We need to be prepared to protect our native range from overgrazing; we need to be planning to give late season rest to those native pastures; and we need be trying to incorporate prescribed fire and I think those are … Continue reading

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Preg testing cows is easier than it used to be

I saw a demonstration of a new model of “extension-arm ultrasound” at the Arizona Cattle Growers meeting last July. It is an awesome piece of gear and, especially if you are a registered breeder, you really should look into it. … Continue reading

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Crunch the numbers before you buy those heifers

  And you had best have a top of the line direct cost accounting system. — jtl, 419 By Heather Maude via Beef Magazine Carefully analyze the cost of buying, selling and retaining replacement heifers.  “The days of developing heifers … Continue reading

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