Inside the December 3rd RoundupWritten by WyLR
Here's a preview of the December 3 edition of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup.
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Early winter supplementation optimal for improving body condition
Snowy and blustery storm fronts moving in hint at the upcoming arrival of winter to Wyoming.
As cattle producers make seasonal preparations, University of Wyoming (UW) Extension Beef Specialist Steve Paisley encourages them to consider their fall and winter supplementation programs to optimize both cow and fetal performance.
“If we can strategically supplement that cow and get her up to an optimal body condition going into calving, it’s much easier to do it in the fall and early winter than it is to add weight to a cow that is producing milk,” stresses Paisley.
Supplementation programs vary throughout the year depending on forage quality and stage of production, says Paisley.
“The quality of our base forage is going to deter- mine what type of supplement we need,” he explains. “The other part is what stage of production our cows are in.”
Cattle ranchers share ways to maintain business during market downturn
Torrington – With average cow costs exceeding $800 this year, producers are looking for ways to keep their businesses afloat while riding out the downtrend in the cattle market.
University of Wyoming (UW) Extension Educator Dallas Mount held a discussion encouraging producers to evaluate their costs, and explore their options during the Southeastern Wyoming Beef Production Convention in Torrington last week.
“After spending the last few weeks reviewing 20-30 sets of ranch books, I think what producers do over the next few years is going to have a profound impact on their business,” Mount told nearly 30 beef producers.
Many ranches made changes in their operations while cattle prices were up in years like 2014. Since then, many are paying more costs per cow due to increasing pasture rent, labor costs and bull costs.
“We spend a lot of time worrying about the markets,” Mount said. “If we would spend more time determining what our costs actually are, we would have a better idea what options we have.”
During the 22nd Wyoming Women’s Ag Symposium, nearly 100 ladies from around the region gathered in Casper, where they started the event with a presentation by Karen Budd-Falen, Cheyenne attorney, on the impacts of federal government actions on the state.
Washington State University Researcher Maggie Highland discussed pneumonia causes and current research on M. ovipneumoniae during the Nov. 29 meeting of the Wyoming Bighorn Sheep/ Domestic Sheep Interaction Working Group.
Also inside the Roundup this week:
- WACD continues to advocate for special districts.
- WyFB sets policies for upcoming year.
- Niobrara County producers, conservation groups gather.
- WACD recognizes partners, employees during the 71st annual convention.
- Why are high-profit farms high-profit farms?
- Snowpack stays low, but early time of year leaves promise for moisture.
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