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Replacement Heifer
Costs to Develop Replacements Heifers
This spreadsheet is designed to assist cow/calf producers with determining the costs associated with developing replacement heifers. The cost associated with developing replacements heifers from one's own herd can then be compared to the costs associated with purchasing replacement females in the open market. A comparison of the expected returns from each strategy is included to help producers understand which alternative may work best for their individual operation.
Calf Weaning Can Alter Nutrient Requirements of Cows
Calf Weaning Can Alter Nutrient Requirements of Cows
Louisiana forages are often low in quality in late summer. Nutrient intake from forage by a mature cow will usually exceed the requirement for maintenance but may not be high enough to meet the additional requirement for lactation. When nutrient intake is below requirements, the cow must pull nutrients from body reserves to meet her requirements. The result is weight loss and a decrease in body condition.
Beef Cattle Production Best Management Practices
Beef Cattle Production Best Management Practices
The best management practices that apply most directly to the beef industry are in this publication. A brief description, purpose and conditions to which the practice applies are given for each of the BMPs listed. (PDF Format Only)
Rotational Crossbreeding of Beef Cattle: Weaning Weight per Cow Exposed and Cumulative Weaning Weight per Cow in Breeding Herd
Rotational Crossbreeding of Beef Cattle: Weaning Weight per Cow Exposed and Cumulative Weaning Weight per Cow in Breeding Herd
The purpose of this report is to compare the performance of two-, three- and four-breed rotational crossbreeding systems and straight-breeds for calf weaning weight per cow exposed and for cumulative weaning weight per cow entering the herd.
Bull Purchase Price Spreadsheet
Bull Purchase Price Comparison
This spreadsheet is designed to assist cow/calf producers in determining if purchasing a higher-priced bull is an economically sound investment. Users are asked to enter information including calf prices, weaning weights and weaning percentage to calculate the difference in net present value between the two bulls. A positive net present value suggests the higher-priced bull will be an economically sound investment based on the assumptions entered by the user.
Pregnant Heifers Grazing
Performance of Beef Cows Grazing Ryegrass, Fescue or Fed Hay
The objective of this experiment was to compare performance of mature cows and their calves grazing bermudagrass/bahiagrass pastures that had endophyte-infected Georgia 5 tall fescue established in the sod, grazing similar bermudagrass/bahiagrass pastures that were overseeded each year with ryegrass, or grazing bermudagrass/bahiagrass pastures and receiving hay.
Bayou Beef Tips: Beef Cattle Body Condition
For many years, most beef cattle producers have observed the body fat reserves of their cattle herd and used that information to make feeding and nutritional decisions. Research shows that proper nutrition and efficient use of forage reduce costs.
Heat Watch patch on commercial cow for Estrus Detection.
New Electronic Heat Detection for Beef Cattle
Research indicates that successful visual estrus detection and subsequent pregnancyrates are directly related to the frequency and duration of each heat check. The objective of this report is to describe a new heat detection system and to demonstrate its potential effectiveness for use with artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET) procedures.
beef choice-select spread
Factors Affecting the Beef Choice/Select Spread
This publication covers calculation of the choice/select spread, as well as supply and demand factors that widen or narrow the choice/select spread. Additional discussion centers on how the choice/select spread reflects cattle quality and packer demand for certain USDA quality grades (PDF format only)
Monthly Beef Cattle Management Calendar & Workbook
Monthly Beef Cattle Management Calendar & Workbook
This publication is intended to be a reminder of beef cattle management practices thought to be appropriate for each month of the year. If referred to frequently each month, it could also be considered a workbook for beef cattle management. (PDF Format Only)
Photo of calves being weaned
Impact of Moderate and High Weaning Weight EPD Sires on Cow Productivity
Expected progeny differences for growth traits are well documented and used by a large segment of the beef cattle industry. Calf weaning weight is greatly influenced by genetic potential for growth, therefore verification of how reliable weaning weight EPDs are on commercial cow herds needs to be studied.
Cattle Grazing Ryegrass in North Louisiana
Does Ryegrass Variety Matter in a Beef Stocker Program?
Research conducted by the LSU AgCenter in the 1980s clearly revealed a profit potential for stocker beef production in Louisiana. Annual ryegrass has the productivity during the cooler parts of the year (late-fall, winter, and spring) and the nutritional quality necessary for growing beef animals to play a major role in most Louisiana beef stocker programs.
Efficiency of Louisiana Beef Cattle Producers
Efficiency of Louisiana Beef Cattle Producers
Sixty-two Louisiana beef producers in 12 parishes were surveyed to determine their input usage and the amount of output they produced in 1998. The objectives of this study are to (1) estimate the technical efficiency (production efficiency) of a selected group of beefcattle producers and (2) determine the characteristics of cattle operations that are the most technically efficient.
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Fertilizer Sources on Bermudagrass Pastures for Stocker Grazing
This study was done to determine the effects of broiler litter and commercial fertilizer applied to bermudagrass pastures on animal performance.
Effects of Subclinical Infections of Internal Parasites on the Production of Beef Heifers
Effects of Subclinical Infections of Internal Parasites on the Production of Beef Heifers
Beef cattle in Louisiana are continuously exposed to infections with parasitic gastrointestinal nematodes (commonly known as roundworms). The life cycle of these parasites is direct; they do not need an intermediate host. Adult worms in cattle shed eggs that are passed in their feces. These eggs hatch and develop into infective larvae that climb on growing forage and are ingested as the forage is consumed. These larvae develop into adults and the cycle is completed within 14 to 60 days.
LA Cow/Calf Budget
Louisiana Cow/Calf Budget
This spreadsheet-based, decision-making tool is based on the annual LSU AgCenter enterprise budgets for beef cattle. The spreadsheet allows producers to alter assumptions and print a projected budget based on their individual operations.
Economics of Baleage for Beef Cattle Operations
In recent years, there has been considerable interest from beef cattle producers in using baled silage or baleage as a way to reduce feeding expenses. This publication discusses the costs of incorporating baleage into an existing beef cattle operation. (PDF Format Only)
Estrus Detection Patch on Heifers (HeatWatch)
Estrus Synchronization Using MGA or Altrenogest in Crossbred Beef Heifers
Estrus synchronization had its humble beginnings in the 1940s when progesterone and pregnant mare serum gonadotropin were administered to cattle at varying stages of the estrous cycle to alter cyclicity. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of altrenogest for estrus synchronization of crossbred beef heifers.
beef handbook
Beef Cattle Production in Louisiana - A Handbook
A comprehensive handbook for beef cattle producers, this 152-page manual provides a wealth of useful information that is augmented by color photographs, charts and other illustrations. It is endorsed by the Louisiana Beef Industry Council and written by a variety of experts. Cost: $25 plus tax (free shipping). You can order this book through our online store by using the Order Publication button below.
Herford Cattle
The Louisiana Master Cattleman Program
The Master Cattle Producer program is designed as a follow-up to the Master Farmer program. It is a commodity-specific program to enhance the profitability of beef producers by equipping them with important information on all aspects of beef production.
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