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Cattle Price Update

Cattle prices have had a rough spring. After peaking in late 2014 and early 2015, prices have been adjusting downward from very lofty peaks. High prices and profits at that time provided the incentives to expand beef production. Expanding beef production and a remarkable recovery in total meat supplies continues to put downward pressure on […]

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An Ounce of Prevention—Salt, a Pound of Cure

Most beef cattle producers understand the importance of providing high quality nutritional feedstuffs to achieve herd-specific goals of better production or herd health.  The bottom line of production will always be the bottom line. Anyone in business is willing to cut costs if it means producing the same high quality product with an increased profit […]

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Selecting Replacement Heifers Based on Birthdate and Age of Dam

Two research studies at the University of Nebraska by Dr. Rick Funston, beef reproductive physiologist at the West Central Research and Extension Center, suggest that the key information needed to identify heifers most likely to be successful as replacements is known the day the heifers are born. The 2012 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report “Effect of […]

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Managing New Herd Sires

New bulls need to be managed carefully between delivery and the start of breeding season to maximize the return on the investment in new genetics. New herd sires represent a sizeable investment to a cow/calf business. One of the major components of the cost of natural service is the number of years of useful life […]

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Two UW Research Trial Reports Now Available

Two recently completed research trials summary reports are now available here on the WBIC website. A research trial comparing different implant protocols on yearling Holstein steers was conducted at Lancaster.  The summary of the trial can be found here: Implant Strategy Comparison When Feeding Heavy Holstein Steers (pdf) The second trial compared substituting different levels […]

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Beef Cow Nutrition From Calving to Breeding

Many producers are now in full swing of calving season or soon will be in the Northern Plains. Although late winter has been relatively mild with above average temperatures the last few weeks, we had snow and cold temperatures in December and January that challenged the nutritional status of cows this winter. Additionally, we are […]

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Muddy Conditions Influence on Beef Cattle Performance

As we move out of winter and into spring, prolonged periods of mud and moisture can significantly hinder cattle performance and profitability. Mud and deep manure problems can also be encountered inside buildings during the spring thaw and wet season if pens become dirtier and deeper in manure than is ideal. For cow-calf producers, mud […]

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Final Weights and Finishing Holstein Steers

Finish weights on Holstein steers have been increasing for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons are: increasing size of Holstein cows management and rations used to feed the steers feed costs compared to sale prices of the cattle and others It is possible to feed out Holsteins to weights that are too big […]

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Parasite Control for Cow Calf Operations

Spring is coming and with calving season underway it is important to keep our eyes forward on to the next step in production. Grass turnout in the spring is the most common secondary benchmark of the year. With grass turnout comes exposure to parasites that have overwintered either in the pasture or in the cattle […]

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Are you prepared to select your future herd sire?

For some cattle enthusiasts, opening the pages of a bull sale catalog brings the same joy going through toy catalogs did as kids. For others it’s an overwhelming task, with a growing list of genetic indices and options. And for some there is no selection process; a bull is just a bull. Here are a […]

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