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2015 River Valley Beef Cattle Conference Videos from Jeremy Powell

March 9, 2015

Jeremy Powell DVM, PhD, Professor and Veterinarian  of the University of Arkansas, Department of Animal Science was one of the presenters for the River Valley Beef Cattle Conference. The topics of the new videos (presented by Jeremy Powell) are 1) Managing Calving Difficulty; 2) Managing Calf Scours; 3) Precondition Calf Management; and 4) Managing Respiratory Disease.

The videos can be found at and click on the 2015 River Valley Beef Cattle Conference channel .

Animal Science: Today and Tomorrow

March 9, 2015

Do you want a high paying job?

Dr. Tom Troxel                                                                                Dr. Michael L. Looper

More and more people are earning college degrees. As of 2011, close to one out of every three people over 25 held a bachelor’s degree, according to a U.S. Census bureau release, whereas as recently as 1998 fewer than one-quarter of people this age had this level of education. Because more are college-educated, this makes it so that “just any” degree will not necessarily suffice for some people anymore. People are starting to see that if they’re going to invest all that hard-earned money, not to mention time and energy, into obtaining a degree, it should be into one that will likely lead to ample job opportunities and higher earnings power.

To read more Click the link: Do you want a high paying job?

How Much Is Your Time On the Farm Worth?

March 9, 2015

How Much Is Your Time On the Farm Worth?

John Jennings, Professor – Extension Forages

Often in conversations with producers about cost and expenses on the farm, I hear comments about how you can’t count expense of your time for work on the farm. They say “my time isn’t worth much”. I also hear comments like “my time is too valuable to waste doing x, y, or z” (you fill in the blank here). But most people haven’t taken time to figure out what their time could be worth. On the farm, there never seems to be enough time to get everything done. Time is like money, but everyone has the same amount. Like money, we often wonder “where did the time go?”. You spend time doing something every day and at the end of the day that time is gone. You can’t really save time, but you can do farm practices that require less time. Some practices save money and also require less time which makes life better. So why not consider spending your time in more ways to make money or to save money instead of just spending it.

To read more Click 300 Days Grazing Program It’s About Time

Did you Know?

March 2, 2015


Coggins.test_.closeupThis is the most ideal time of year to get your horse’s annual vaccinations as well as a Coggins test.
Under Arkansas law, every horse must have negative Coggins test annually – even if the horse never leaves home.

Beef Cattle Tips–February

February 13, 2015


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.

To read more on the latest Beef Cattle Tips Newsletter….. Sign up for our Monthly Beef Cattle Tips, Click Here

Remembering the Old Year; Looking Ahead to the New

February 4, 2015

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.

To read more click the link Remembering the Old Year; Looking Ahead to the New

Getting Replacement Heifers Ready to Breed

February 3, 2015

Getting Replacement Heifers Ready to Breed

Paul Beck

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.

To read more click the link Getting Replacement Heifers Ready to Breed


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