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Making More With Fewer Cows

Cattle producers in the Southern Great Plains had to reduce cow numbers in 2011 due to the most severe drought in decades. Replacement cow prices are at an all-time high in 2012, and most pastures are still in poor condition, making it difficult for many producers to restock to former levels.
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2011 Cattle Cycle Book

Having a good working knowledge of the cattle cycle is one of the keys for economic success in the livestock business. This is true whether one is in a cow-calf operation, a forage grazing operation,...
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2014 Cattle Cycle Book

Examining the cattle price cycle and basis calculations can be beneficial for decision making within many types of cattle operations. Basis tables can help producers determine net prices when using...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The Advantages of Crossbreeding: Producing Replacement Females

The cost of replacement females for a cow-calf operation is significant. Selecting replacement females is challenging, especially when considering that decisions made now will impact an operation for...
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Livestock Water Guidelines

Water is one of the most important nutrients for livestock. It is vital for many metabolic processes essential for life, growth and reproduction.

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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...
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Floating Polyethylene Pipe for Livestock Water Access at a Fenced Pond

Diagram of a polyethylene pipe floating livestock water access point. View Publication