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The “Lazy L” Gets You Ready for Herd and Stocking Rate Changes

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A beef producer needs a set of “liquid cattle” – the group that is easy to round up and se
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Dr. Ringwall is the director of North Dakota State University's Dickinson Research Extension Center. The Center was established to research crop production and improvements to native and introduced forage crops for ranchers on the Missouri Plateau region. The Center's runs a herd of May calving cattle.


  1. paul turner says:

    John Hoyt from Jolly Roger Angus always used to say ” It costs just as much to run a bad one as it does to run a good one.” All the dingbats, screaming pyscho bossies, man eaters, drop and walks, calf killers, fence crawlers, herd quitters, etc must go. I have not touched a calf in years and went completely hands free in 2017. It is possible, do not put up with garbage.

  2. Patrick Tobola says:

    Great article on being prepared. For someone like me that still calves rear round in southeast Texas and has not yet developed a liquidation plan, Johann Zietsman’s method for selecting for efficiency may be more appropriate (but more complicated) for determining your liquid cows. Part of his ranking is based on inter calving interval and time of year she rebred for each animal. A higher ranking cow will have a shorter inter calving interval that rebred during the worst forage and environmental conditions for that year. This is a more complicated method but will help to insure that you keep your “best” cows (based on your particular environment, management practices, and a selection criteria emphasizing efficiency) for rebuilding the herd after liquidation. He shows a picture of a 25 year old cow in one of his presentations that produced 25 calves over her life (one set of twins) that looks like some of my “best” looking 8 year olds

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