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Perspectives on Alternative Cow/Calf Production Systems

Ranchers face two competing economic realities today. The market is signaling for more calves. The grazing resources required to produce additional calves are very expensive or unavailable in many areas. The prospect of drier conditions and reduced grass growth further compounds the problem.

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Feed Nutrient Calculator

This calculator is designed to assist producers with supplemental feed purchase decisions.

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Move the Cows or Move the Feed

This calculator is designed to aid producers making the decision to buy feedstuffs and haul the feed to the operation, or to haul the cattle to the feedstuffs.

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Determining Hay Prices

Before pricing forages, producers will want to have a good understanding about the cost of growing a ton of hay, alfalfa or straw.

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Early Weaning as a Drought Management Strategy

Successfully managing drought conditions requires balancing the amount of forage demanded by grazing livestock with the amount produced.

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Silage: Minimizing Losses & Maximizing Value

Optimizing silage value starts by harvesting at the right moisture content.

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Liver Abscesses: The Unseen Profit Thief

Liver abscesses are a great example of an important value robber in feedlot cattle that’s not immediately apparent.

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Management Minder Tool: Staying Organized on the Ranch

Daily life is busy on the farm and ranch and it seems as if once calving season is done, there is barely time to rest before fields must be planted or hay made.

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Grazing Residue: Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

Integrating crop and livestock enterprises represents an incredible competitive advantage for farmers and ranchers.

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Hay: Stop the Waste

In an effort to prevent increasing the winter feed bill, a new bale feeder design or feeding plan may need to be developed and put into action in order to manage hay waste this winter.