Tag Archives: Calf

10 tips for keeping first-calf heifers in tip-top shape

By  Amanda Radke in BEEF Daily First-calf heifers require special management to maintain body condition score, grow a healthy calf, and breed back. Here are 10 tips for keeping first-calf heifers in tip-top shape. Calving season is underway for many ranchers. In … Continue reading

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2014 Should Reflect Current Market Strength

by Wes Ishmael  via Beef Magazine “Choice boxed beef prices have averaged above $200/cwt. for the last four weeks and fed cattle prices have averaged above $130/cwt. for the same period,” says Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University extension livestock marketing specialist. … Continue reading

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Calf-Feeder Prices Maintain Counter-Seasonal Strength

by Wes Ishmael at Beef Magazine Steer and heifer calves sold mostly steady this week with instances of as much as $5/cwt. higher. The advance was mostly in the Southeast and the Southern Plains winter wheat region, according to the Agricultural … Continue reading

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Stockers Offer Tremendous Marketing Flexibility

by Wes Ishmael in Cattle Economics If cattle feeding returns are aided by substantially lower feedstuff costs, calf and yearling prices are forecast to post annual increases throughout 2014. “If ever there was a year for cow-calf producers to wean, precondition and background spring-born calves, … Continue reading

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Left Handed Logic – Figuring per Calf Costs

Be careful with this. The most common error in budgeting and cost accounting is “over” allocation of costs to the product. Some want to charge everything but the kitchen sink to product. The rule of thumb is, if you have … 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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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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