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Cow Calf Operation Costs Are Up. Tell Us How You’re Managing For This

By   /  September 3, 2018  /  Money Matters  /  2 Comments

The business success of beef enterprises often suffers because two questions are not evaluated regularly: 1. How much do I have invested in my cattle operation? 2. Can I get a fair market return on my investment? Some families accept a negative return because the “way of life” is a benefit. Still, good business practices […]

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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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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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Can I wean 90-day-old calves that weigh 300 pounds?

By   /  July 10, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

The answer is yes. Dry weather has made this – and variations – the question of the day. In an ideal world, mother and calf should enjoy green pastures from birth until weaning at about 7 months of age. The typical weaning age is 192 days for producers in the Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System […]

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

By   /  May 29, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  2 Comments

A beef producer needs a set of “liquid cattle” – the group that is easy to round up and sell as weather changes, feed becomes short or the labor force changes. Selling this group creates opportunity for the remaining herd by lessening the demands on the operation. Life does not always go the direction that […]

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