Herd Quitter Blog

Buyer Beware –

All of the beef publications I receive are still jammed full – cover to cover – with bull sale advertisements.   You will quickly notice that nearly all of the bulls being offered have been bred and selected to help you increase your production per cow...

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Q and A –

Question:  I’m sure you have explained this before.   Why are your bulls able to cover more cows than bulls coming out of other programs?  Also, I am wondering how many cows you recommend putting with a bull. Answer: The fact that our bulls can...

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The Up-Periscope Syndrome –

A periscope is a very handy instrument used to observe activity above the water’s surface from a submerged submarine.   When the command “up periscope” is given the periscope is raised for use.   Once in place, it has the ability to swivel around...

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Sex Is NOT Work.

Have you ever heard a veterinarian or a seedstock producer caution against overworking a bull, especially a young bull?   What do they mean?   How can you overwork a bull?   When someone advises you against overworking a bull, they are...

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Seems A Little Early –

I look in on a couple of internet discussion forums on a regular basis just to see what the status quo whiz kids are saying and thinking.   On Monday, February 1st, one discussion forum started a thread on “Horn Fly Control.”   Really?  ...

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Annual Cow Cost

I recently read an article in a beef publication that quoted Stan Bevers who is a ranch economist in Texas.   Stan said, “The average cow cost in the late 1980s and early 1990s was about $365 per year.”   In other words, every calf had to sell...

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Question and Answer –

Question: What do you think the optimal % of body weight weaned should be for a cowherd? Answer: Let me begin by saying, just about anything is possible if we are willing to reduce stocking rates and spend enough on extra feed and special care.   For...

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Change the Cow… Not the Environment –

Cows must fit their environment to stay in production.   Common sense tells us it is much easier, as well as much more profitable, to produce cows that fit the environment than it is to artificially change the environment to fit the cows. Your environment can only...

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In with the New –

Last week, we discussed the year 2020 in our “Out with the Old” article.   Today, we are going to look ahead to the new year.   Some say the first day of the new year is no different from the last day of the previous year.   They may be right – but, in my mind,...

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The Sky’s the Limit

The Sky is the Limit – We believe the business of ranching can be much, much better than most people have been led to believe – but only for those who are not being restrained by outdated traditions and ways of thinking.   We see evidence of this all around...

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