It’s been a few years, but I also remember what it’s like to come to a feedbunk, lined with cattle looking up, eagerly awaiting breakfast or supper. No doubt, you know that feeling well.
“You get what you pay for” is a saying that often assumes limitations.
Most cattle feeders are pretty shrewd businessmen and women. They don’t just know how to run a break-even. They live and breathe them. They study profit opportunities like their future depends on them, because — especially in times like these — it does. Talk marketing with any longtime feeder, and they’re likely to tell you […]
I got my start with other people’s cull cows, just a bid or two above the hamburger market — which was not so dear back then.
“It made me mad!” That’s what a Montana rancher told me when talking about the first carcass data he ever got back. “I got tired of trying to sell them. I wasn’t willing to accept generic price when I thought I had something better,” he said. “I soon learned.” Those first calves graded 20 percent […]
As we get ready for preweaning shots and deworming, I think these calves are in the homestretch.
Psst…do you want to know a secret? Kids aren’t very good at keeping them.
In some ways, my cowherd is average. In other ways it is above and in still others, below. Those things are true of each cow in my herd, too. That’s all part of what “average” means. Comparing each cow Usually this involves numbers like weaning weights, pregnancy percentages or carcass values of progeny. Add them […]
Just thinking or saying you’re sustainable isn’t good enough.
When making decisions, weigh the evidence carefully.