Get out of the heat and into the Shade
Heat stress costs cattle producers roughly $350 million annually. A majority of those losses are concentrated in the feedlot sector of the beef complex, as heavier cattle in confinement are at a much higher risk of heat stress. However, cow-calf producers should still be acutely aware of the negative performance implications caused by heat stress. Outlined below are a couple of examples that I think drive home how heat stress hits your bottom line.
Setting your cows up for a successful calving season
Spring calving has either just begun or is quickly approaching for beef cattle producers across North America. This is equal parts excitement and stress. Learn what you can do to set your cows up for success this calving season.
A road map to beef cattle winter supplementation
In my opinion, one of the most underutilized tools in the cow-calf sector is taking forage samples. Having these samples is one of the most useful assets when putting together a strategy for winter-feeding, which can account for up to 30% of a cattle operation’s yearly costs.
There’s one thing that we can all agree on: It’s HOT!
There is an endless amount of variation in the cattle business. Currently, in the United States and Canada, some regions are experiencing severe drought, while other areas are abnormally wet.