How Cattle Guards Work

Cattle guard. You know, those people who stand out in their field as hired guns, keeping watch over the herd. Right? There are plenty of jokes that can be made about the term, especially for those who are unfamiliar with agriculture, farming and ranching. But just because you may not know what it means, doesn't … Continue reading How Cattle Guards Work

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Top 10 Industry Leaders Under 40 – Cattle Business

Earlier this year, I received word that I would be recognized in a group of Top 10 Industry Leaders Under 40. Of course, I have quite the excitement and appreciation for being listed among some top cattle business leaders in the region. This is a community of many hard-working, independent and bright people. So to … Continue reading Top 10 Industry Leaders Under 40 – Cattle Business

Considerations for Worker Safety When Handling Livestock

Farming and ranching continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations with more than 28 deaths per 100,000 workers every year, not accounting for those under the age of 16. Most farm accidents occur with tractor work, but don’t discount the risk of working with unpredictable live animals. Two of the major contributing factors … Continue reading Considerations for Worker Safety When Handling Livestock

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

Livestock’s Long Shadow and Green House Gases

In 2006, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released a report titled Livestock's Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options. The report aimed to assess the total environmental impact of global livestock and determined this sector of agriculture is among the world's top contributors to negative environmental impacts, including Green House Gases (GHG). Following … Continue reading Livestock’s Long Shadow and Green House Gases

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?

Texas Cattle Feedlot Opens Gates Via Twitter

During the past few years, I've frequently shared my experience working in and with cattle feedlots. From a young age, my family sent our cattle to feedlots in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and our Spring Break "vacation" involved a drive to Amarillo to see those cattle. During college, I had the opportunity to work … Continue reading Texas Cattle Feedlot Opens Gates Via Twitter