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Cattle Situation and Analysis

The United States Department of Agriculture's annual inventory report, Cattle, released January 28, indicated that cattle herd liquidation continued during 1999. All cattle and calves inventory declined to 98.048 million head, 1.1 percent below that of a year ago, marking the fourth year in a row that cattle producers reduced the size of the U.S. herd.

Limit Winter Grazing as Protein Supplement

Producers frequently ask, "How long and how often should I allow cattle to graze winter pasture to meet their nutrient requirements?" We initiated research to gain some insight into this dilemma.

The Beef Industry

For the last 130 years, cattle production cycles have been predictable. A production cycle usually lasts from nine to eleven years. Where are we in the cycle?

What's a Good Bull Really Worth?

Because 80 percent of herd improvement is directly attributable to bull selection, determining what you can pay for a bull depends on more than finding the lowest price.

Dang 'Dillos!

We receive numerous calls every year from homeowners and other turf managers regarding armadillo damage to their landscape. Before discussing damage management methods, I want to discuss some basic biology of this curious animal.

Mapping the Future

In January 1998, the Agricultural Division employed a digital imaging specialist, Tresa Runyan, who has tremendously enhanced our consultation efforts. One of the most useful tools for our...

The Restructured Agricultural Division

The May, 1999 issue of NF Ag News and Views contained an article about restructuring of the Agricultural Division. Strategic planning and other events have caused some additional changes that affect...

How to Conduct a Prescribed Burn

Burning, grazing, and rest are generally the most powerful tools for managing local wildlife habitats. It may seem simple to light a match, stock some cattle, or erect a fence, but accomplishing specific habitat management goals with these tools requires considerable study and management. This article addresses some fundamentals of prescribed burning.

Turf Management Tips

I want to give you an idea of what needs to be done to bermudagrass turf before the growing season starts. The tools are fairly simple: fertilizer, water, aeration (maybe), and mowing. It's the timing and precision of these management practices that are critical to any grounds.

Selecting the "Right" Bull

Selecting the "right" bull can potentially contribute more to the genetic improvement and profitability of a cow-calf operation than any other management practice.