Keep Your Cattle Thriving: 4 Tips for Feedlot Health 

Healthy cattle not only benefit from improved welfare but also contribute to a sustainable and successful beef production operation In the dynamic environment of a feedlot, proactive management of animal health is vital to prevent crises, particularly considering the prevalence of dangers like Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD). Cattle can conceal signs of BRD, which makes […]

Capturing Enterprise Income Opportunity through Enhancing Biodiversity

Diversity in the wildlife on your ranch is a strong sign that your ecosystem is in line with nature, but it can also open up the door to potential streams of revenue for your ranch. Ranchers like you are embracing wildlife and biodiversity on their ranches as a way to capture opportunity through hunting and […]

Finding Common Ground Through Conservation

Trust In Beef partners National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Ducks Unlimited have partnered to explore the relationship between working lands and recreational grounds through a video series called “Voices of the Outdoors.”    In the series, they pair outdoor enthusiasts with farmers and ranchers to see how a shared value in caring for the land is […]

USRSB Provides Step-by-Step Guide For Grazing Management Plan Development

New Resource: See the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Grazing Management Plan Development Module. The majority of ranchers have a grazing plan in their heads that evolves as they evaluate their pastures in real time. But having a baseline management strategy on paper can help extract the full value of your experience and the full […]

Producer Perspectives: Animal Health’s Role in Balancing Economic, Environmental and Social Aspects of Production

Dr. Jessica Fink of Merck Animal health recently moderated a panel discussion on how producers are improving the sustainability of beef cattle production in their operations, covering animal care, grazing management, documentation, animal productivity and how best practices in production feed into sustainable operations. Hear from producers Jake Cowen, Cowen Cattle Company, Seymour, Texas; Debbie […]

How To Manage Risk By Creating A Drought Management Plan

The two kinds of risk generally associated with drought are production risk and market risk. Production risk naturally emanates from the fact that drought limits forage production and availability, which directly limits the total productivity of the operation. Increased market risk is realized when those affected by drought act in unison and dump animals on […]

Strategies For Adjusting Livestock Inventory During Drought

Nebraska’s cattle producers face almost annual pressure to consider options for reducing stocking rates on rangeland and pasture when dry conditions persist. There are three main options to reduce stocking rates: supplement/substitute feed, ship cattle to non-drought areas and sell cattle, according to Aaron Berger, beef educator at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Supplement/Substitute Feed Feeding cattle […]

7 Techniques For Grazing Efficiency During Drought

When you have cross-fencing pastures and use a rotational grazing system, you experience your biggest benefit when managing drought conditions, according to Dr. Rick Rasby, professor of animal science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Grazing systems don’t have to be extensive (check out these four basic types of grazing systems from South Dakota State University), […]

Understanding Feed Costs 

Feed costs represent the largest annual operating cost for most commercial cow-calf enterprises.   In order to maintain an optimum balance between feed costs and production, you must analyze feeds and use these analyses to formulate rations and/or supplements, according to Rick Rasby and Jeremy Martin with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Feedstuffs vary widely in nutrient […]