Livestock

'Noble News and Views' Category

Off-season bull management aids breeding success

Most ranchers in Texas and Oklahoma will have already turned their bulls out to the cow herd for the breeding season or will be preparing to do so. With this in mind, we should be looking ahead to managing the bulls once the breeding season is over.

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.

Cattle sorting skills facilitate management

Sorting cattle is one of the real arts of animal husbandry. Sorting can be done for many reasons and by many methods.

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.

Google Drive provides producer record keeping, analysis

Records provide the knowledge necessary to make informed and objective decisions. This is why accurate, detailed and accessible records are such a vital part of any successful business, including agricultural production.

First hollow stem in wheat triggers grazing decision

If you use a dual-purpose wheat system of grazing and grain production, detection of the development of wheat's first hollow stem is critical to gauge when to remove cattle from grazing.

Buyer goals determine land purchase considerations

When purchasing agricultural land, it is essential to define the overall goal of the acquisition. Some people buy for quality-of-life reasons. Sometimes land is purchased as an investment. Others purchase to generate a profit from agricultural practices.

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.

Windbreaks reduce cattle energy demands

Cattle will naturally seek windbreaks in the winter. In cold weather, cattle require additional energy to maintain body temperature, and wind chill further increases energy demands.

Common sense guides stockpiled forage management

Beef cattle can consume and obtain nutritional value from a variety of stockpiled forages to reduce the winter hay feeding period.