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Reducing Heifer Development Costs By Growing Smaller Cows and Using Lower-Quality Forages

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  4 Comments

More recent research is overturning old ideas about heifer development and providing ways to reduce costs while maintaining breed-back rates and longevity in the herd.

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How to Use Snow as a Water Source for Wintering Beef Cattle

By   /  October 23, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

We got questions about how well cattle do on snow as a winter water source so we headed out to find some answers for you. This fact sheet from agricultural agencies in Canada provides some comparisons between cows with access to water and cows using snow as their water source. Researchers in Alberta expected that […]

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How Big is Big Enough

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

We got a lot of comments on our last article about cow size and profit. Here, Kit Pharo weighs in. According to the USDA Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska, the average Angus, Red Angus and Hereford cow weighs over 1,400 pounds. Mainstream seedstock producers have successfully out-Simmentalled the Simmentals. Unfortunately, in their attempt to wean […]

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Smaller Cows Are More Productive and Profitable

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  17 Comments

Here at the Dickinson Research and Extension Center, the old question kept coming back: “Would the extra calves really pencil out if the center stocked 1,100-pound cows instead of 1,400-pound cows?” And then more questions: “Would those small cows actually carry the load? Could they be competitive with mainstream beef production?” Our experience and data […]

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Raising Your Own Replacements? Maybe You Shouldn’t

By   /  September 18, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

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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