Tag Archives: Weaning

Wintering Calves With Their Mamas Means Healthier Calves

By Heather Smith Thomas By calving later in the spring and wintering those calves with their mothers, three North Dakota producers say they develop healthier, heavier calves at less cost. Many stockmen are calving later in the year: April, May … Continue reading

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Don’t Hire People To Work

by Dave Pratt via Ranching for Profit Blog Most of us hire people to work.  We write job descriptions telling them to do this or that.  But what people do and how long or hard they work is not important.  … 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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