There are various types of alliances in the beef industry. In today’s competitive beef market, where marketing can mean the difference between a successful operation and a just-break-even ranch, many beef producers have turned to beef alliances to get a leg up on the competition.
- The Beef Cattle Chain
The Beef Cattle Chain. For smaller ranchers, it is important to understand this chain and determine what, if any, role you would like to play in a particular group at the start of the chain.
- Body Condition Score
Body Condition Score is a management tool a rancher should have in his or her tool belt. An understanding of body condition scores and the subsequent information they can provide the rancher will allow even a simple passing glance at a cow or the entire herd yield a problem that may need to be addressed.
- Breeds of Cattle
With more than 250 breeds of cattle grazing at any given time worldwide, the process of selecting a breed can seem like a daunting task; almost like picking a needle out of a stack of needles.
- Bull Selection
Proper bull selection is done to improve the overall herd’s genetics. If a bull truly is half the herd, as the old saying goes, then selecting a bull is a decision that should not be taken lightly and requires a significant amount of research and effort on your part.
- Cattle Lingo
Know your Cattle Lingo. Any industry or culture is bound to adopt their own dictionary of language and terminology, and the beef and cattle business is no different. From types of cattle to the various forms of feedlot and auction-speak, familiarizing yourself with the general lingo of the cattle industry is a good idea prior to beginning operations.
- Deciding To Raise Your Own Cattle
Deciding To Raise Your Own Cattle can be one of the most profitable decisions one can make. There are many very important questions to consider and answer when deciding to raise cattle on your land. Let’s go through many of them question and answer each thoroughly.
Crossbreeding really took off in the 1970s, and a host of breeds began flowing into the United States. Since that time, studies have shown there has been a clear increase in production through the use of cross-bred cow herds, so its benefits and impact to the cattle rancher can not underestimated.
- Cows and Winter
Cows and Winter requires extra effort in Managing Energy Decrease. Winter time gets cold for cows as well and just as humans have a tendency to get lethargic when Old Man Winter rears his frosty head, so do cows.
With feedlots mass production is still the norm, but advancements in nutrition have transformed this system into a hi-tech and amazingly efficient way to get cattle to market sooner and produce the high-quality type of products that consumer’s demand in today’s market.
- Keep Cows Cool
A study conducted by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has found that keeping your cows cool or as they termed it, "playing it cool with your cows" could be the key to a profitable business, especially in the dairy market.
- Stress Is Bad For Your Animals
Stress Is Bad For Your Animals. Keep Your Cattle Calm. Just like humans, cattle can have negative emotional reactions to a host of things they encounter and activities they undertake or must be put through on a daily basis.