Custom cattle feeding can be a “win-win” strategy when done correctly. Feeding someone else’s cattle provides a method to market feedstuffs without tying up the capital required to own the livestock.
Content by Warren Rusche
Combinations of new technologies and economic challenges often usher in sweeping changes and opportunities. The use of beef genetics on dairy cows is the most-recent example.
Whether due to planting delays, a cooler growing season, or an unexpectedly early frost, stress factors sometimes result in crops that do not meet standard test weight requirements. So how does reduced test weight affect the feeding value of corn and cattle performance?
What do we do if it is time to wean calves, but the pen isn’t ready? That can be a real concern during wet fall seasons, such as 2019. Putting calves into muddy pen conditions is far from desirable, but holding calves on the cows deep into fall increases the risk of adverse winter weather and tends to pull body condition off the cows.
Producers who raise both corn and cattle have the option of harvesting some or all of their corn acres as a high-moisture grain crop to be marketed through cattle. There are several advantages to harvesting corn earlier at a high-moisture content.
August 01, 2019
Cattle feeders and industry professionals still have time to register for the Feedlot Shortcourse and BQA Transportation Certification to be held August 13-14, 2019 at the SDSU Cow/Calf Education and Research Facility (2901 Western Ave) in Brookings.
July 16, 2019
SDSU Extension is offering an opportunity for cattle feeders to sharpen their management skills and improve their profit potential by participating in the 2019 Feedlot Shortcourse. During the shortcourse, a training will also be offered for participants to obtain Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) certification.