September 29, 2014

How Do I Know When My Cattle Are Finished?

Here’s a great video to help you answer that question.  You’ll follow a handsome, grass-fed and finished, Lakota Ranch, Devon steer around the pen as Jeremy Engh shows how he evaluates a finished animal. In just 7 minutes you’ll have the information you need. Here’s your link, tablet users.

September 15, 2014

Cow Efficiency

When the cattle industry embarked on the performance race 40 plus years ago, two things happened. Weaning weights went up, which was the prime goal. It was assumed (Assume: To take for granted) that since we were selling pounds, more was better. It again was assumed that increased production per cow was good. We were […]

August 25, 2014

The Proof is in the Poop Pudding

Want to know how much your cattle are gaining per day without weighing them? Here’s how looking at their manure will give you a pretty good idea.

August 11, 2014

A Cowboy, His Cows and Grizzly Bears

Managing livestock means more than just dealing with the animals in our herds. It also means taking into account the animals that we live amongst. In some cases, grizzlies, and the humans who are there to protect them.

August 4, 2014

Grass-fed Beef and Milk Is Healthier

When a scientist says something works, or is better, it’s based on what research has demonstrated, or at least what it has demonstrated up to that point in time.  So when the Union of Concerned Scientists says that you can safely claim that grass-fed beef and milk is better than their conventionally raised counterparts, you can take […]

July 7, 2014

Breeding Matters

Like many of us in the business of grass-farming for livestock production, I have been preoccupied by a persistent question; Nature vs. Nurture, Breeding vs. Management, Genetics vs. Environment, all takes on the same dichotomy. Of course the answer is unequivocally, “YES.” The functionality of an animal for our particular purposes is absolutely the sum […]

June 16, 2014

Temple Grandin’s Response to Analysis of Her Handling Facilities Design

Dr. Temple Grandin shares her thoughts about the Stockmanship Journal’s analysis of her handling facilities design.

June 9, 2014

Good Stockmanship Makes All The Difference

This is the final excerpt in this series. Authors Whit Hibbard and Dr. Lynn Locatelli conclude that investing in training for anyone handling and moving livestock is cheaper and more effective in the long run than trying to create and install expensive handling equipment that doesn’t necessarily do the job.

June 2, 2014

Tubs Vs. BudBoxes: BudBoxes Win!

You don’t need to spend your hard earned cash on fancy facilities. Here Whit Hibbard and Dr. Lynn Locatelli continue their analysis highlighting why inexpensive, easy to use BudBoxes make more sense than high dollar facilities.

May 26, 2014

Straight, Open-Sided Chutes and Squeeze Chutes are Best For Cattle Handling

In Part 4 of their analysis, Whit Hibbard and Dr. Lynn Locattelli describe how these kinds of facilities respond better to animal behavior than those suggested by Dr. Temple Grandin, and why they make your life as a livestock handler easier.

May 19, 2014

Ditch Those Curved Facilities and Tubs – They Don’t Make Livestock Handling Easier

Dr. Temple Grandin designed livestock handling facilities with curves and solid sided tubs to keep livestock moving forward without fear. But analysis by Whit Hibbard and Dr. Lynn Locatelli shows that livestock don’t respond well in these facilities. Here’s Part 3 of their analysis.

May 12, 2014

Get Rid of Solid-Sided Handling Facilities

Dr. Temple Grandin designed livestock handling facilities with solid sides based on her theory that they prevent animals from seeing outside distractions. In this part of their analysis of these kinds of handling facilities, Hibbard and Locatelli demonstrate how animals move much more easily through open-sided facilities.

May 5, 2014

Will Temple Grandin’s Handling Facilities Work for You?

Do you think you need a new cattle handling facility? Are you trying to figure out what will work best for you? Here’s an analysis of the Grandin system and how it matches animal behavior in action.

April 28, 2014

Principles and Criteria For Global Sustainable Beef Production

As the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef circulates its draft principles and criteria, folks are asking a lot of questions. The most important one might be whether in a world used to choosing sides and then fighting, can folks actually talk to each other to find mutually beneficial solutions? Check it out and see!

March 24, 2014

The Cost of Thin Cows

Skinny cows may look better in bikinis, but in the beef business that’s not really how we measure success. Economic losses from thin cows can be substantial.  As the graph below shows, the thinner the cow, the less likely she is to become pregnant.  While weaning weight may not always be a good measure of […]

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