Pregnancy check day is one of the most important days on the ranch as it is the day when we find out what cows are pregnant and how many calves we can expect come calving season. So now that the veterinarian has left the yard and the open cows are sorted off, what’s next? Before throwing the preg check list on the dashboard never to be looked at again, try to reflect on the results.
Ranchers with cattle on winter pastures have a few management strategies to help them cope with the large snowstorm that impacted much of Western South Dakota along with the major ice storm across the Northeastern part of the state.
Tis the season for… power outages? Unfortunately, there is some truth to that statement when you live in the Midwest. The power outages that plagued northeast South Dakota over the Christmas weekend can confirm how real this scenario can be. For many homeowners a power outage may be viewed as just and inconvenience with some potential repair cost associated with it. But for a lot of livestock operations, a power outage has the potential to be a very costly event.
Feed costs exceed 50% of the annual beef cattle production costs and with the current market situation, the pressure to determine the most cost-effective feedstuffs has become even more important. SDSU Extension has developed a feed value calculator to compare protein and energy supplement options
The power outages experienced in areas of South Dakota might make animal caretakers wonder, “How did we ever raise livestock in the days before electricity?” Electric lights, hot water heaters, and mechanical ventilation are all items that are taken for granted, except when weather events interrupt their supply of “juice.”
Since generational operations are primarily family members, we assume we know all there is to know about each other, right? On the surface we probably do know some key characteristics or preferences of family members, but is that the same as knowing them at a level of working alongside or reporting to them on a daily basis.
Following up on "Strategic & Scenario Planning in Ranching: Conducting a Ranch Inventory - Part 1," this article discusses the three remaining categories of the ranch inventory: financial, human and physical resources. Knowing the financial condition of the ranch is critical when negotiation new operating notes, new loans for diversification, or possibly making room for a son or daughter returning to the ranch.
The holiday season is time for family. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the holidays, reunite and spend time together due to busy schedules throughout the year or who may be spread many miles apart. Historically, in agriculture farm families make up the greatest percentage of business ownership, many of which are generational family operations, two or three generations of family working side-by-side daily to produce agricultural products.
Extremely cold temperatures are gripping the cattle feeding areas of the Northern Plains. Although we can’t alter the weather, there are management steps that can be taken to help maintain cattle health and performance.
The holiday season and the end of 2016 are upon us. Many newsworthy things happened in the beef cattle industry in 2016 that affected everyone in the beef business. Some were good and some were not so good, but all affected the successes of beef cattle producers throughout the year. The end of a year of managing any business, including beef cattle production, provides an opportunity to assess and evaluate how well management plans and practices worked throughout the year.