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Regional Roundup

The Regional Roundup is production advice to help meet challenges found in specific areas of the United States. Regions include Midwest/North, Southeast, Southern Plains and West.

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Marketing of retired breeding stock accounts for roughly 20% of an operation’s annual income. In times of herd consolidations, making the decision of which females to sell might be tough. While it’s easy to part with open cows, late-bred females may be more challenging.

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What better time to talk about technology than during this pandemic? We have all been stretched to our limits with the use of technology over these months of virtual content. Schools, churches, livestock producer meetings, national conventions and numerous other programs and events have been impacted.

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Before marketing calves, it is important to evaluate available options and the benefits of each. For cow-calf producers, common options for marketing calves include:

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Recently, more ranchers are making the transition to finishing and marketing their cattle through directly marketing to consumers.

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Corn residue grazing is an opportunity to extend the grazing season and capitalize on a feed resource that can make a big difference in a producer’s bottom line. Here are some things to keep in mind to make the most effective use.

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People can argue what the key to success is for a cow-calf operation, but in my opinion, a cow giving birth to a healthy calf every year is a defining characteristic of success.

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