Category Archives: Livestock

Calving Season

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Calving Season There is no single date that is best for the start of calving season.  Farmers and ranchers must decide on which works best for their operation.   The start of calving season will dictate the start of your breeding season. Several factors should be considered when selecting a calving season for your herd.  These factors are the costs of production, animal performance, income, and profitability.  Fertility and nutrition both play important roles in this process. … Read More →

Bulls…A Key Component

  News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County  The Bull, a Key Component As the herd rebuilding process continues from the 2011 drought, many producers this fall may begin shopping for a new herd bull.  The importance of the bull in a cattle breeding program is often underestimated. A cow is responsible for half the genetic material in only one calf each year, while the bull is responsible for half the genetic material in 20 to 50 calves. The bull’s ability to locate cows in… Read More →

Raising versus Purchasing Replacement Heifers

News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County  Raising versus Purchasing Replacem As we begin rebuilding the cow herd following the 2011 drought, some producers are raising replacement heifers while others chose to purchase replacement heifers.  Whether to raise replacement heifers or purchase replacement heifers goes back to the individual manager and the goals of the operation.  There is no one answer that fits all producers.  It will vary and depend on your management and individual situation. So what are the advantages and disadvantages when deciding… Read More →

Water for Livestock

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County Water Requirements of Livestock                 Water is essential for life.  Livestock are no different.  Water constitutes 60 to 70 percent of the body of livestock.  Weather can play a huge factor in the amount water needed for the livestock species you raise.  With the hot, dry weather we had in the drought of 2011, water became a problem as some water bodies dried up.  Limiting water intake to livestock due to numerous factors can directly impact performance… Read More →

Cattle Breeds…Animal Performance

  Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County Cattle Breeds…Animal Performance                 When it comes to livestock, animal performance is determined by two factors—genetics and the environment.  Environmental factors may include climate, topography, forages, disease, management practices, and economics.  In 2011 with the drought, several of these factors came into play. When determining genetic strategies for your beef herd, four steps should be examined.  First, determine your production conditions including climate, forages, and marketing making sure your herd fits these conditions.  Second, choose the… Read More →