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Cow Herd

How to pick a feedyard

How to pick a feedyard

Not every ranch, pen or feedlot is alike or ideally suited to handle the same class of cattle.  Here is a 12-point checklist of ways cattlemen can help themselves when selecting a feedyard. 

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Backgrounding can add value, flexibility

Backgrounding can add value, flexibility

Backgrounding calves can open gates to new revenue paths, though not without risk. When more cattle are sent to the grazing fields or grow yards, there’s a shift in the seasonal pattern of the market and more opportunity to take advantage of better prices.

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New calf marketing routes

New calf marketing routes

For the 70% or more of beef calves born last spring, more than the usual share veered from traditional roads to the feedyard come fall. Backgrounding those calves opened gates to several new revenue paths, though not without risk.

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Matchmaking the yard

Matchmaking the yard

Choosing a feedyard is a bit like selecting a life partner. Feedyards offer different marketing opportunities and strategies. A manager should be able to look at a customer’s pen and know, “I have a good market for those cattle. I can handle it.”

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Producing for the brand

Producing for the brand

“Do we just sign up? Or get special ear tags?”
Those are questions we hear quite often from producers who want to raise cattle for the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand.

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Not all good days are sunny and warm

Not all good days are sunny and warm

Stress of any kind affects performance and health, but also well-being and behavior, a special focus for CSU animal scientist Lily Edwards-Callaway. Her team’s literature review found shade benefits vary by location, structure type and the weather.

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Buy better

Buy better

The subject of herd improvement is more nuanced than, “Buy better bulls.” Yet, that’s a pretty foundational place start. This Black Ink column explores the idea of buying better.

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Look back later

Look back later

“Nobody likes to hear this in the middle of a trial, but it seems often true in life and business: the thing that feels so hard now, won’t always feel hard.” Miranda’s Black Ink® column for November touches on the idea of growth, and how it often feels better in hindsight.

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