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The Cattle Connection

The cattlemen's connection to timely topics, current research, and profitable management strategies

Controlling Feed Costs to Allow Profit

Posted by Travis Meteer - Nutrition

One of the largest costs for cow-calf producers is feed costs. Costs associated with feeding the producing beef cow represent over sixty percent of the total costs in a cow-calf production system and are the largest determinant of profitability for beef producers. Despite recent moderation in corn price, elevated co-product and hay prices continue to persist. Thus, the key to unlocking profits...

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Body Condition Score your Cows

Posted by Travis Meteer - Nutrition

Cattle prices are looking good so far this fall. As we head into bred heifer sale season, things look to be heating up. Prices for heifer calves have been elevated and there is less of a slide on heifer calves. The market for breeding cattle has been and looks to be good. Producers are seeing incentives to build the herds back up. While I don't discourage you from building numbers, I th...

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hfr pair on grass

Plan for pasture productivity

Posted by Travis Meteer - Grazing

Pasture management decisions made this fall will affect how your forage performs next spring. Thus, it is important to have a plan to make the best of the situation you have. Pastures that have been overgrazed need some attention before next grazing season. Pastures that have been grubbed down will result in a reduced stand of the desired forage and open up area for weed invasion. To co...

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