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Raising Your Own Replacements? Maybe You Shouldn’t

By   /  September 18, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

We get a cross-section of livestock producers at the Ranching For Profit School. A session can include outfits with more than 10,000 cows and others with less than 100 attend the course.  When it comes to enterprise selection and structure, most of the small places look like miniature versions of the large ones.  That’s a […]

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Could You Make Money by Adding a Ewe For Every Cow in Your Herd?

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  12 Comments

Recent Dickinson Research Extension Center sales caused me to ponder the concept of adding a sheep for every cow. The center sold market cows on March 9 for $68.24 per hundredweight (cwt), or $995.58 per head, and a market ewe on March 13 for $71 per cwt, or $113.60 per head. When adjusted for body […]

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Stable Flies Can Be a Problem Even If You Don’t Have a Stable

By   /  August 28, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock, Pigs  /  Comments Off on Stable Flies Can Be a Problem Even If You Don’t Have a Stable

Fly season may be coming to an end as summer draws to a close, but it’s never too early to get ready for next year.

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Four Teats, Two Teats, No Teats at All – A Story of Three Cows

By   /  August 21, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Four Teats, Two Teats, No Teats at All – A Story of Three Cows

“Boy, those cows could surely use some more milk.” How often have we all heard that old line? Truth be told, we’ve spent the past fifty years breeding more and more milk genetics into America’s s beef herd, and the results have been stupendous, or maybe stupid, depending on where you stand. There are some […]

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Winter Grazing and Weaning Calves

By   /  August 21, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Grazing Management, Livestock, Planning  /  Comments Off on Winter Grazing and Weaning Calves

The ranchers in this 4-minute video don’t bring their cattle in and feed them over the winter. They’ve found that bale or swath grazing is a much more economical, low labor way of carrying their stock through the winter. Here they talk about when and how they wean and feed their calves as pat of their […]

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