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Published: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:14:08 -0500

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PREWEANING CALF MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ADD VALUE TO FEEDERS

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:14:08 -0500

The concept of a value added calf (VAC) program is not new today, but in the late 1980's it was thought to have little value in some circles.



THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- NO WORSTER

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:48:09 -0500

LeRoy was ancient. The lines in his face looked deep enough to hide in. His hair, mostly silver now, was still thick; his black eyes continued to sparkle with mischief.



DO HOMEWORK BEFORE HEADING INTO BULL BUYING SEASON

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:18:22 -0500

When it comes to genetics, bull selection is the most important decision the cow-calf producer has to make.



BLACK INK -- WEIGHING PREVENTION

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:17:42 -0500

Sometimes it only takes a couple of 2-cc subcutaneous shots to head off problems down the line. Sometimes it takes a few tons of steel, careful planning and focused construction.



WEANING IS CRITICAL TIME IN CALF'S LIFE

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:16:44 -0500

As we enter the fall months, weaning time is at hand for most spring calving herds. This is the exciting time of year when producers are able to reap the benefits of a year's worth of work and planning.



FALL CALVING SEASON MAY YIELD HIGHER RETURNS FOR S.E. PRODUCERS

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:16:06 -0500

The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season, proving once again that timing is everything.



HAVING A VACCINATION PLAN IS IMPORTANT TO HERD HEALTH

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:44:06 -0500

To begin, I do not believe it is appropriate to recommend "cookie cutter" vaccination programs. Your vaccine program must be developed with your risks and expectations in mind.



PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS TO KEEP COWS PREGNANT

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:43:28 -0500

Getting cows bred is only part of the story. Keeping them bred, especially through the summer months, also takes attention to detail.



START PLANNING FOR HEIFER DEVELOPMENT

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:42:48 -0500

Even in this current, somewhat depressed, cattle market, replacement females for the Florida commercial cow herd are an annual expense of approximately $400 million. Development and selection of the best females to join a productive herd is one of the most challenging aspects of a beef operation, and two of the keys for success, not surprisingly, are: 1) start early and 2) have a plan. Weaning time is not far off.



HAVE A PLAN WHEN MAKING CULLING DECISIONS

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:41:49 -0500

When culling cows, it is important to have a plan, and this should include pregnancy testing and closely evaluating every cow.



IT'S THE PITTS -- I'LL LET YOU GO NOW

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 14:00:31 -0500

I'm the last person in America who doesn't own a cell phone so when your phone doesn't ring, it's me.



TAMU BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE ATTRACTS RECORD CROWD

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 16:23:39 -0500

A record 2,200 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course participants heard about potential export market opportunities and the outlook for cattle markets, as well as practical information to take to the ranch and become more profitable.



HUNTIN DAYLIGHT -- WHERE YOU FIT

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 15:39:49 -0500

“Just tell us what you want. What's the target?” That request was made decades ago to a noted executive from one of the major beef packers.



PROMPT TREATMENT CAN LIMIT DAMAGE OF ARMYWORMS

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:05:22 -0500

Although 2016 brought unusually heavy infestations of and damage from fall armyworms, vigilance and prompt treatment can limit damage this year.



WILD PIG NUMBERS GROWING IN MISSISSIPPI

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:20:47 -0500

Wild pigs have roamed parts of the Southeast since Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto introduced them as food for early settlers in the 16th century. But during the last two decades, Mississippi has experienced a rapid uptick in the spread of the nuisance animal.



MANAGE HEAT STRESS IN LIVESTOCK SHOW PROJECTS

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:20:06 -0500

We've hit the hottest days of summer just as many livestock exhibitors are preparing for county and state fairs. No matter the hours of work and preparation you've put into your livestock projects, heat stress is a challenge to plan for and manage.