Herd Quitter Blog

Heat-Tolerant Genetics

Pictured below is a first-calf heifer with an 8-month-old calf at side. Momma is bred to have her second calf in October. This pair is in one of our Heat-Tolerant Composite herds. Cattle like this have been bred to handle the heat and humidity. They are also parasite...

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Where Have All the Good Bugs Gone?

Peter, Paul and Mary was a very popular American folk singing group in the 1960s. In 1962, they had a big hit when they recorded a song called “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” Where have all the flowers gone?Long time passing.Where have all the flowers goneLong time...

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How To Solve the Horn Fly Problem

Horn flies are costing the cattle industry billions of dollars every year. Controlling horn flies with chemical insecticides is not working because horn flies have been able to develop a resistance to all of the chemical insecticides that have been used in the last 80...

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The Horn Fly Problem

In last week’s PCC Update (sign up here), we began a discussion on horn fly control that was prompted by an article on page 2 of our Summer 2024 Newsletter. Most of today’s cow-calf producers have been programmed by the chemical companies to treat the symptoms of the...

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Off The Charts

I have subscribed to “The Weekly Market Summary” put out by The Cattle Range for over 14 years. I receive it via email every Saturday morning. If you want up-to-date news, market reports and commentaries, this weekly email is a must! Several times within the last six...

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The Real World

We spend a lot of time talking about working on the business, about planning and marketing. The goal is to get people to look at options on paper that make the most financial sense. Maybe selling 6-weight calves in October isn’t the best financial plan? Maybe selling...

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The 2024 SGF Gathering at Polyface Farm

I know many of our subscribers also subscribe to The Stockman Grass Farmer (SGF). It is one of very few outside-the-box ag publications. I got hooked on it in the late 1980s. SGF is having a special gathering for outside-the-box people August 22 and 23 at Joel...

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A Cowboy Hat and a Dream

NOTE: This article is somewhat of a follow up to my previous Business or Hobby and Small Producers articles. It was originally shared in September of 2016. However, I have made several revisions. I am fortunate enough to know several very successful cattlemen who...

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The PBR Finals

Deanna and I spent last Saturday and Sunday at the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. Deanna’s sisters Donna and Debbie and Debbie’s husband Ron went with us. We always have a great time – no matter where we are. As I said last week,...

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Small Producers

This article is a follow up to last week’s "Business or Hobby" article. It was first shared in January of 2022 in response to a question I had been asked by a relatively new subscriber in Arkansas. He asked, “What would be your recommendations for a small producer -...

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