Drought

2014 Archive

Managing Through Drought Conditions

There is a common denominator for producers who cope with drought better than others - they all have active drought management plans.

Monitoring pastures assists sustainable management

To properly manage pastures, variables must be monitored and some measured. In this article, we will discuss what prescribed grazing is and identify the variables critical to managing pastures.

Economic calculations determine acceptable cow price

Since recent droughts have caused a lack of available forage in many areas, the incentive to retain heifers and purchase cows has been very low. Cattle inventory has declined to levels not seen since the 1930s and 1940s, and the value of heifer calves has risen to all-time record highs.

Replacement cow traits affect producer success

Many producers who reduced cow numbers in the recent drought years are considering adding females to their herds again. At current replacement female prices, we have to do everything possible to enable the cows to cover their initial cost over time and to set them up for success.