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Stockmanship, Dr. Lee Jones, UGA College of Veterinary Medicine

Stockmanship, like sustainability, is a commonly used word that many might find hard toclearly define in a few words. Stockmanship has been defined as the knowledgeable and skillful handling of livestock in a safe, efficient, effective, and low-stress manner and denotes a low-stress, integrated, comprehensive, holistic approach to livestock handling (Stockmanship Journal). However, stockmanship is […]

Hot Cattle Market Brings Tough Decisions

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Dr. Curt Lacy Extension Economist-Livestock University of Georgia Recently, the cattle markets have been as hot as the mid-July temperatures. While the high prices generate lots of questions, the main ones being asked now are: 1) should I sell my calves at weaning, and 2) what is the most economical alternative for replacement females? Fortunately, […]

Livestock Provisions in the Farm Bill

The 2014 Farm Bill contains numerous provisions related to livestock and dairy.  Recently, UGA Extension Specialists in the Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics conducted a training session for Georgia Farm Bureau and members of its field staff.  The following link will take you to a recorded video of the Livestock session presented by Dr. […]

Poor Quality Forages Pose Life-Threatening Risk to Southeastern Cow Herds

What Is Happening A large number of beef cattle producers in the Southeastern U.S. are reporting that their cows are experiencing diarrhea, dying soon after calving or dying unexpectedly. Some producers have also reported an increase in the number of cows aborting or giving birth to weak or stillborn calves. Please click the link below […]

Herd Expansion, Beef Cow Slaughter, and Projected Inventory Numbers for January 1

Historical and Projected January 1 Beef Cow Numbers, US.  Sources: USDA-NASS and UGA.

Herd expansion is a thought that is on many cattlemen’s minds.  Most are considering if they should expand and by how much.  Others are questioning if expansion has already begun, and if it hasn’t, when it will. In recent weeks beef cow slaughter as compared to last year has dramatically fallen.  In fact, when compared […]

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