It is February!!! Don’t forget to collect calving records. Records include body condition of the cow at calving, calving difficulty score, calf gender, calf birth weight, and don’t forget to tag calves – records are more valuable when they can be linked back to cow and calf pairs.
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Dr. Tom Troxel Dr. Michael L. Looper
It is difficult to come up with enough superlatives to describe the past year in the cattle market. It was a year, in many respects, of dramatic extremes. The fact that cattle numbers were historically small going into 2014 has been well-noted, so it is not necessary to rehearse all of the supply side facts and figures for the year here. Still, a couple of data points are worth pointing out. USDA’s latest estimate of 2014 beef production from the December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was just over 24.3 billion pounds. This would be the lowest annual beef production figure since 1993. At the same time, exports are projected to come in at almost 2.6 billion pounds, the second largest figure on record. On a per capita basis, domestic disappearance for 2014 is estimated to work out to 54.2 pounds per capita (retail weight). This will be the lowest per capita beef consumption since the early 1950s.
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Getting Replacement Heifers Ready to Breed
Replacement heifers to breed at 15 months of age in order to calve for the first time as a two year old, if they are going to be a contributing (and profitable) part of our cowherd. Additionally, heifers that give birth early in their first calving season tend to calve early in subsequent calving seasons. Heifers that breed early and subsequently calve early are usually the most reproductively efficient females and will transfer this improved fertility to their offspring, increasing the reproductive efficiency of the entire cowherd. Infertile or hard breeding cows that do not conceive early (or do not conceive at all) cost producer through reduced weaning weight and increased cost per calf produced.
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