Peel: Cattle Business Looks Brighter Moving into 2022

For cattle producers looking for a little good news in the future, look no further than the first part of 2022.  Although challenges will exist – drought, cost of gain, labor shortages – enough changes are happening to help, especially those in the stocker sector.  Derrell Peel, Endowed Professor of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State […]

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Cattle Buying 101: Look for the Right Type, Low Stress Cattle to Gain

When it comes to buying calves to background, both the risk and the reward should be considered. The beef business can be risky, but with careful planning and consideration, the potential returns can also be rewarding.  Getting started with the right calves means making the right the buying decisions. According to long-time professional order buyer Charly […]

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The Importance of Balanced Nutrition

All nutrition programs are not created equally, and all nutrients included in a program are not created alike either. To that you all cheer a resounding amen! Various production stages require different minerals and vitamins for your beef cow herd to excel, depending on if you’re breeding, in gestation, lactation or growing out calves.  With an emphasis on growing […]

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Experienced Cattlemen Relies on Amaferm® Advantage 24/7

With nearly half a century in the cattle business, Steve Groves has learned from his experiences, both good and bad. But when he learned about the advantages that a precision prebiotic offered his herd from conception through weaning, that was one experience he wasn’t going to let slip away. In fact, he believes in the […]

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A Guide to Grazing Wheat in 2021-22

Stockers and backgrounders typically rely on the high-quality nutrients found in wheat pasture to turn their calves out on for late fall and winter grazing. Wheat pasture is an economical source of gain throughout the Southern Plains and Midwest. However, there hasn’t been much typical about this year’s weather patterns.  Due to an early onset of fall army […]

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How to Read a Mineral Tag

Running stockers is a risky business. You can minimize that risk with a good nutrition and health program. But just how do you determine the best vitamins and minerals for your young calves? Just as you might stand in the supplement aisle of your big box store or location nutrition store reading labels, it is […]

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West Texas Rancher to be Featured on The American Rancher

Health and nutrition work synergistically to help livestock reach their optimum performance. That’s why Kevin Hamlin, Big Spring, Texas, relies on the Amaferm® advantage found in the Gain Smart® line to provide his calves what they need year-round.  “It’s a 365-day a year job. They are living animals. You just can’t box them up and put ‘em in […]

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How Producers can Add Value to their Bottom Line

Added value is everywhere you look. Buy a fishing pole, the store adds in some tackle and a box. Go to the grocery store, and the meat case already has fajita meat and veggies chopped up and marinated together; all you have to do is throw it on your grill. The kicker is, without realizing it, the […]

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Defining the Stocker Business

The cattle business can easily be broken into three distinct segments: the cow-calf enterprise, stocker operators and feeders. Most people are familiar with the first and last phases: cow-calf producers are visible at sales and with their newborn calves along country roads. The feeders are also fairly obvious, with massive feedlots full of cattle growing […]

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Making Weaning More Profitable

In a time of unpredictability in the cattle market, one thing remains predictable. The fewer days you have a calf on feed, the lower your input costs will be. With a great percentage of cow-country covered by drought, higher feed costs and a volatile market, finding profit in the cattle business is on top of mind […]

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