5 Tips for Managing Forage, Grazing Systems

Pasture management and grazing systems vary greatly between regions of North America. No matter when the grazing season begins in your area, there are a few common components in preparing to measure and manage your forage and grazing systems. “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” This advice once given to me by a Montana … Continue reading 5 Tips for Managing Forage, Grazing Systems

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Does Feeding Pregnant Cows Impact Profitability Through Calf Finishing?

Farmers and ranchers love feeding their cattle. There's just something about going out to the field and emptying a bag of cubes or dropping off a few more protein tubs. This is especially true for livestock producers in the Southeastern U.S. with smaller herds. But does that extra feed pay off in the long run? … Continue reading Does Feeding Pregnant Cows Impact Profitability Through Calf Finishing?

Mobile App Guides Beef Cattle Breeding Management

There's an app for everything, almost. Now cattle farmers and ranchers can add being able to manage their cowherd breeding schedules to that list! This is an exciting to have accessible because one hesitation for cattle producers to adopt better management in their breeding programs is complicated scheduling. This is one tool that may help … Continue reading Mobile App Guides Beef Cattle Breeding Management

Considerations for ranch business planning and management

Jumping into the cattle business today can bring significant rewards with historic market prices expected to stick around. However, that move also involves significant risk considering the amount capital required to make the investment. For many young people, such as myself, with aspirations to get involved in the family business or starting an operation from … Continue reading Considerations for ranch business planning and management

Cattle Market Trends, Seasonality and Resources

How does the old joke go? If you walk into the sale barn cafe, there's a good chance you'll be able to hear a someone griping about the cattle markets or the weather. Two subjects that are ever-changing, and neither will be just right. Too much moisture, or temperature swings to wide. If we sell … Continue reading Cattle Market Trends, Seasonality and Resources

What Happens in a Cattle Feedlot – People Behind The Beef

(In case you missed it, check out the first part of this series about my introduction to feedlots as a kid to learn where my interest for feeding cattle began.) During the next few years, my interest in the cattle business grew even stronger. I focused on college courses in nutrition and managing feedlot cattle. … Continue reading What Happens in a Cattle Feedlot – People Behind The Beef

What Happens In A Cattle Feedlot – My Introduction As A Kid

So what really takes place at a cattle feedlot? Many folks refer to these places of business as factory farms. There is strong fascination among activist groups to uncover acts of cruelty and abuse from these locations, not only animal abuse, but irrevocable harms to the surrounding environment and communities. I have been lucky enough … Continue reading What Happens In A Cattle Feedlot – My Introduction As A Kid

Preconditioning and Vaccines for Calves on the Ranch | Never Stop Learning

It's Fall in Montana! Which means that the ranchers I work with are increasingly more difficult to get ahold of. Cattle are coming down from summer grazing, calves are being weaned and sold, and Fall working for cows is taking place. At the risk of sounding stupid to other ranchers in the region, I learned … Continue reading Preconditioning and Vaccines for Calves on the Ranch | Never Stop Learning

Ask a Farmer: Biotechnology and Cattle Reproduction

Most folks get to share "Peanut" photos of their kids, so I figure it's only fair I get to share one from our cows During the month of April, my schedule is jam packed and I'm finding myself on the road nearly every day. It's breeding season for our cattle in Tennessee and it's the … Continue reading Ask a Farmer: Biotechnology and Cattle Reproduction