Stockmanship – using that body language to connect with cattle – remains a differentiator in cattle handling. Calm cattle are easier to handle, easier to diagnose and easier to manage. Effective communication with cattle means less stress for both cattle and humans.
In the midst of calving season, it’s easy for cattle producers to lose sight of the upcoming breeding season. A successful breeding season is crucial to reproductive efficiency. And if cows are not rebred quickly and efficiently, profits are negatively impacted.
By using proven beef cattle management skills and practical economic principles, producers should develop reproductive management programs to attain the most economically efficient operation possible.
To increase the value of calves entering a feedyard, experts recommend preconditioning — the practice of prepping calves for optimal performance after weaning. Kevin Hill, D.V.M., technical services manager with Merck Animal Health, says choosing a comprehensive preconditioning program can add up to $100 per head, depending on investments.
At Cattle Empire LLC in Satanta, Kansas, there’s an ongoing effort to improve animal well-being, led by CEO Roy Brown and Dave Sjeklocha, D.V.M., operations manager of animal health and welfare. Among their next areas of focus: instituting a quarterly animal well-being training program for all employees.
Responsible Beef creates responsible products. There is little waste when it comes to raising cattle on the farm. What starts on the farm continues to be used even after harvest. Responsible Beef gives purpose to nearly the entire animal.