Undecided about what to do with your heifer calves? Carl Dahlen may be able to help with that decision.
NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist Carl Dahlen discusses backgrounding heifers This presentation was part of NDSU Extension Service’s workshop, Backgrounding Cattle 2012: High Feed Prices.
Cow-Calf Operations, Risk Management, Uncategorized
By Dan Loy, Iowa Beef Center
The first 30-45 days after a calf is weaned is perhaps the most stressful period of its life. Good performance and health during this time can set the stage for an efficient and profitable feedout, or a long and productive life in the cow herd.
On the other hand, most of the sickness and death loss due to respiratory disease happens at this time. Respiratory disease affects one in seven feedlot placements and is the leading cause of death loss. Recovered cattle also gain more slowly and may have lower value carcasses than healthy cattle. Also, digestive upsets that occur here may have side effects later.
More tips on managing the calf after weaning can be found in the October “Growing Beef” newsletter. What are some of your tips for success following weaning?
Cow-Calf Operations, Livestock Health, Stocker/Backgrounder, Uncategorized
It is weaning time again, and producers are faced with the decision of selling their calves now or backgrounding the calves for a few months. The volatility of the feed markets has created some opportunities and new challenges.
Corn prices are down, but forages are not cheap. Fed cattle prices remain strong, and barring any economic catastrophe, are expected to stay strong for the next year. In turn, feeder cattle prices also remain strong, but if the futures market is giving a true indication of things to come, feeder cattle prices will continue to increase for the next year. Currently 550-pound calves are selling for around $155/cwt and 750-pound feeder cattle are selling for $140/cwt.
The table below compares the costs and benefits of backgrounding weaned 550-pound calves for 30, 60 and 90 day periods. Also included is the projected selling price for those calves at their increased weights in the future. This example assumes that the cost of gain is $0.44 per pound, yardage is $0.45 per day and the value of the weaned calf is $852.50.
Are you planning to background your calves this year?
Cow-Calf Operations, Economics & Markets, Risk Management
The July issue of the Iowa Beef Center Growing Beef newsletter is here and just in time to help you evaluate your organization’s marketing plan. Check out the July newsletter to learn more about a marketing plan that will help you maximize profits.
Among the advice featured in the newsletter:
What marketing methods are you using in your organization to maximize your profits?
Economics & Markets