These are some of the current Ranch Talk topics:
LANDOWNERS NEED LIABILITY KNOWLEDGE
Landowners and farmers need to educate themselves about liability issues related to people on their land, regardless of insurance, signs or fees.
GOALS ESTABLISH BULL BUYING CRITERIA
Selecting herd bulls is not an easy task. Identifying production goals is often the first step in identifying potential herd bulls.
INTERNATIONAL BRANGUS BREEDERS ASSOCIATION ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) recently elected four new directors to serve a three-year term on the IBBA Board of Directors.
GRASSLANDS ARE HEALTHIEST WHEN THEY ARE GRAZED
Grasslands are healthiest when grazed. The periodic mowing stimulates new growth, and manure/urine from the grazing animals (and trampling of grass to provide litter) adds the necessary nutrients to the soil to make the grassland more productive.
FERTILIZATION/WEED CONTROL JUMP STARTS GRAZING SYSTEM
Escalating costs of production have forced producers to look for efficiency any where on the ranch to help keep these figures in check. Forage production, although not free, can limit the need for expensive grain and supplements the cow herd needs...
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- POOF AND AWE -- PART II
No one in the audience noticed, but Hooter could tell the bonk on the noggin rattled Squeak, who tottered on his way back to the makeshift stage.
REPRODUCTION EFFICIENCY CRITICAL TO PROFITABILITY
One thing that most cow/calf producers can attest to is that in order to be profitable you have to get cows bred and get them bred efficiently.
IT'S THE PITTS -- TITANIC TWO
It must have been very embarrassing for the 74 scientists, who meant to go to Antarctica to validate global warming theories, when the Russian ship they were on got stuck in ice ten feet thick far from where it should NOT have been if the polar ca...
BREATHING ISSUES CAN BE A PROBLEM FOR NEWBORN CALVES
All baby calves are born with some degree of respiratory acidosis. Respiratory acidosis is the buildup of by-products of carbon dioxide and a deficiency of oxygen.
PRODUCERS MUST KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE ON HERDS
Close observation of cattle herds is considered good animal husbandry.
MYCOTOXINS CAN BE A PROBLEM FOR PRODUCERS
In Part 1 of this series we began a review of mycotoxins and their effects in cattle. Before going on here in part 2, let's consider more background on mycotoxins.
IT'S THE PITTS -- BEN WAS RIGHT
I suppose it's treasonous for me to say this but I can think of at least three animals that deserve to be on our national emblem and our money more than the bald eagle.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- HERD REBUILDING ALTERNATIVES
There was a brief window in the late summer and fall of 2003, after Canada was shut out of world export markets because of BSE and before the U.S. suffered the same fate that winter, when the bounce in fed cattle prices was so lofty that folks fig...
THE BRANCH RANCH HOLDS LIVE INTERNET BRANGUS SALE
The Branch Ranch, Mansfield, La. continues to blaze trails in the Brangus breed by conducting its second annual live closeout Internet sale through www.BrangusAuctions.com.
BLACK INK -- KEEPING IT CONSISTENT
After living through the summer of 2012, a farmer in my area might be tempted to plant longer season corn. That year it warmed up early, was a hot dry summer that stretched well into fall.
"Vegetarians don't live longer, they just look older."