The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Spotlight on Economics: Cattle price volatility continues
    Several producers recently expressed their frustration with the volatility in cattle prices.
    Price movements of several dollars can occur from one day to the next, and cash and futures market prices even seem to move in opposite directions at times. Of course, uncertainty causes market volatility, and a number of supply and demand challenges are adding to market uncertainty.
  • Nutrition plays key role in heifer retention
    Focusing on nutritional management during two key periods can improve the chances of heifers cycling and becoming pregnant.
  • Cattle pest control vital on the ranch
    Integrated pest management concepts that are commonplace for controlling crop pests also apply to controlling livestock pests.
  • Drought: Optimize with a herd mix
    Optimizing a herd mix of different animal classes (i.e., cows and yearlings) offer different degrees of flexibility in management. 
  • Preventing early embryonic losses
    Shipping cattle immediately after AI (days 1-4) is best as the embryo is still in the oviduct and is less susceptible to stress and associated uterine changes.
  • Vitamin A and E to remain expensive
    With green grass now available to cattle grazers, thoughts should turn to what mineral supplements might be needed.
  • Cattle management: Keep her bred through the heat of summer
    Cattle can experience heat stress once the ambient temperature outside reaches 70 degrees or higher. This means that their upper critical limit for temperature is lower than that of humans. 
  • Managing cattle health at turnout time
    Spring turnout to the pasture is a good time for producers to review their cow-calf health management plans, according to North Dakota State University Extension livestock experts.
  • The many benefits of adding yeast cultures to creep feeds
    Yeast culture and yeast cell wall components are effective products that have been fed to cattle for years and have been shown to exhibit a variety of beneficial properties that positively impact animal performance and health.
  • Water development worth the investment
    Last year’s drought dried up many ponds and dugouts or compromised the quality of the water in them, forcing North Dakota livestock producers to haul water or install an alternative water source.Producers in many counties reported going into the winter of 2017-18 short to very short on available surface water, according to surveys North Dakota State University Extension agents conducted.
  •  Transition planning should be tackled early in life
    An elderly rancher passes away. His son, who is in his 50s, takes over the operation with no real ranching skills. The son seeks help from a neighboring rancher asking questions about when to wean calves and what shots to give. He had spent most of his life as a glorified hired hand. His father had never let him make any decisions or taught him about ranch management.
  • N.D. Angus Calf Feed-out Program Set

    Cattle producers will have an opportunity to see how Angus-sired cattle from their operation perform in a feedlot during the North Dakota Angus University (NDAU) calf feed-out program this summer and fall.

     
  • Reasons to mud and manure score cattle
     Mud and manure affects animal performance, decreasing average daily gain 255 to 37%, dry matter intake 15% to 30% and feed efficiency 20% to 33%. 
  • Assistance available for above-normal livestock losses
    Some livestock producers have lost cattle in blizzards this winter and spring, and others are concerned about losing calves as winter weather continues into the 2018 calving season.
  • Proper timing of pasture turnout critical for drought recovery
    North Dakota’s drought-stressed pastures, especially pastures stressed during the fall of 2017, should receive special care this spring to help them recover from the drought, North Dakota State University Extension Service grazing experts advise.
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