Livestock

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.

Feed Efficiency and How It's Measured

A sustainable beef industry is a balanced equation with ranchers and farmers producing a wholesome product that meets consumer demands, ensures animal well-being, stewards agricultural resources and...

Simple steps add value to calves

Pick up any livestock-related publication these days and you'll probably find an article on adding value to your calf crop.

Expiring tax provisions affect producers

Agricultural producers make decisions each day using assumptions that are based on uncertainties - things like weather, prices and government regulations. This article discusses a few of the expiring tax provisions that are most important to producers.

Adding Value to the Calf Crop

Profitable beef cattle operations are characterized by management decisions that take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace. In the cow-calf segment of the beef industry, many proven...

2012 Cattle Cycle Book

A cattle cycle exists because of the accumulation and liquidation of cattle inventory. Accumulation is a period of increasing cattle numbers, while liquidation is a period of decreasing cattle...