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MANAGEMENT

Read how to improve your supervision of employees, financial matters, identification and record keeping. Learn more about land use issues that affect your operation.

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Al ganado de carne típicamente se trabaja una o dos veces al año en el rancho. La vacunación, palpación, tratamiento, reexaminaciones medicas, el descornado, la castración y la identificación son algunas de las practicas de manejo que requieren de “sujetar o manejar” el ganado. La seguridad de usted, sus ayudantes y del animal deberán ser la prioridad principal.

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Cattle producers are painfully aware they operate in uncertain and volatile times.

Uncertainty over prices, input markets, extreme weather and other factors can make profitability tough.

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A common marketing claim is the source and age verification of calves. As producers gather cattle to go to market, they have the option to provide documentation to a third-party verifier that their calves are eligible to be source and age verified. Seems simple, and many producers are offering their calves as sourced and aged.

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Most all of us have attended Beef Quality Assurance meetings and discussed the appropriate use of vaccines, antibiotics and other drugs in beef cattle. The discussions have focused on effective use, administration and withdrawal times. We always talk about the need to read the label and follow the label instructions. One of the areas on the label that not much time is spent on is the section labeled “Caution or Precaution.”

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Fall is, depending on where one lives, the time to process calves. As producers, fall also is the last time we physically have the calf in our possession. We need to take the time to note or record the information we would like to have for each calf.

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Safe and effective cattle handling has always been important. In the past few years there has been a move toward what has been called low-stress handling, or as I prefer to call it, a return to sound stockmanship.

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