Livestock

Expenses add up when raising replacement heifers

For ranchers looking to rebuild their herds from within the ranch, the question arises as to how much it will cost to raise their own replacement heifers.

Five basic principles increase soil health

Are you a cattle manager, a grass manager or a soil manager? Many cattlemen view livestock as their base crop through the sale of beef. Others view grass as their base crop. While management of...

Integrity Beef preconditioning creates financial advantage

The Integrity Beef Alliance is a Noble Research Institute-sponsored, cow/calf program that standardizes management decisions and supports value-added production practices. Producers in this program are already committed to retaining ownership of calves through a 45-day preconditioning program.

Does selecting related cattle increase calf uniformity?

Increasing uniformity of the calf crop is important to cow-calf producers because more uniform lots may receive higher sale prices at market.

Producer's perspective: Is it time to restock?

Spring rains have resulted in green pastures for many and the question on everyone's mind - is it time to restock? This decision is difficult and unique to each operation. Cattlemen from Oklahoma and Texas share their thoughts on this topic.

New animal identification rules aid disease traceability

The USDA has initiated the Animal Disease Traceability Program to track interstate livestock movement. The new rule replaces the previous unpopular version of the National Animal Identification System and pertains to all livestock, including cattle, horses, sheep and goats.

Small producers should manage bulls during breeding

By the beginning of April, most cow-calf producers in the Southern Great Plains are a few weeks away from the start of the breeding season and are wrapping up routine preparation of bulls before turn-out.

The "New Normal" – or Was it?

The recent drought has caused many to reflect upon the past and wonder what is in store for the future. Just a couple of years ago, few agricultural producers took the time to ponder drought, much...

Cow herd rebuilding takes time

A Janaury report total on all cattle and calves at 89.3 million head - the lowest reported number in over 60 years - the industry is very short on calf supply. What kinds of challenges and opportunities does this bring to producers trying to decide whether or not to be in the cattle business?

"New normal" rainfall expectations endanger production

The "new normal" can be defined as the period of time from 1981-2010, a span of 30 years, when Oklahoma rainfall was significantly more abundant than it had been in the previous 87 years.