1999 Archive

Why Financial Statements?

It is time consuming and often painful to prepare financial statements. A financial look at the business at a given point in time reveals the financial health of the business at that time. Analyze them and use them to detect early signs of financial stress so appropriate strategies can be implemented to ensure the long-term survival of the farm.

Why Are We Supplementing our Livestock?

Livestock producers spend a great deal of money putting up hay and buying feeds to see their stock through the winter. What if we didn't have to haul hay and feed all winter? There are cost saving incentives built into managing on a year-round basis.

Strawberry Fields Forever

In Oklahoma, strawberries have traditionally been a popular fruit for fresh use and freezing. Unfortunately, local production of this crop meets only a small percentage of this consumption.

Summer Stress

Most enthusiasts might not think about the summer months posing a nutritional hardship to deer. Sure, the lush months of April, May and June can provide more nutrition than deer need under good habitat conditions. But what about July and August?

When It's Hot It's Hot and When It's Not, It's Still Hot!

Rains and normal temperatures into June have taken some of the sting out of the memories of last summer's drought. For cattle kept during the summer of 1998, many of the effects of heat stress were...

Analysis of Stocker Cattle Profit

It is the time of year when most winter pasture stockers have been, or soon will be, sold. It (1998-99) was a good year. Pasture and cattle performance (ADG or average daily gain) across much of our service area was the best in several years.

Stockpiling Bermudagrass for Late Fall/Winter Grazing

Now is the time to start thinking about forage management for next fall and winter. Whenever winter forage management is discussed, most people think of feeding hay or utilizing small grain pasture. Have you ever considered using bermudagrass as dry-standing forage from late November though January? In most years, when conditions are right it can easily be done.

Homemade Mineral Feeder/Cattle Rub

This composite tool is good for external parasite control, animal nutrition, grazing management, and is very grazer friendly in our rotational grazing unit.

Managing Stress

Stress comes in many forms including weather (rain, snow and wind), weaning, processing and shipment. Though some stress may be necessary for the production and marketing of cattle, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the impact on the animal.

Forage Bermudagrass Varieties

This article discusses some of the basic information about these varieties, focusing on those that are adapted to The Noble Research Institute service region. Effort was devoted to making sure all regionally adapted varieties were included, however some varieties may have been inadvertently omitted.