Livestock

2013 Archive

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.

Needle management contributes to beef quality

How many times do you reuse needles when doctoring calves? Properly managing needle use is a key component of ensuring that the beef we produce is safe and wholesome.

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.

Study reveals legume-fescue mixture economics

In response to limited information about the economic potential of grazing novel versus toxic tall fescue, a collaborative study between the Noble Research Institute and the University of Arkansas was conducted.

Hay Feeder Design Can Reduce Hay Waste and Cost

The cost of hay doubled between the spring and late summer. With these increased prices, have you considered the cost of the hay wasted due to the type of hay feeder you use?

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.

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