Producer’s Guide to Pasture-Based Beef Finishing

Producer’s Guide to  Pasture-Based  Beef Finishing AUTHORS: Greg Halich, University of Kentucky Fred Martz, University of Missouri Jeff Lehmkuhler, University of Kentucky Gregg Rentfrow, University of Kentucky Beef cattle were routinely finished locally in Kentucky, Missouri and the upper south before the 1950’s, primarily on pasture with some grain or by-products from distilleries and grain […]

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Economic Considerations for Expanding a Cow Calf Operation

Economic Considerations for Expanding a Cow Calf Operation  AUTHORS: Lauren Cartwright, State Agricultural Economist MO NRCS Mark Kennedy, State Grassland Specialist, MO NRCS  Missouri is graced with vast forests and a climate suitable for growing trees as well as grass and cropland.  As a result, Missouri landowners have many options available for managing land to […]

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Getting the Most Return from Your Forages

Getting the Most Return from Your Forages AUTHOR: Wesley Tucker University of Missouri Extension Specialist & Cow-Calf Producer from Polk County What truly drives profitability in a beef operation?  What separates a profitable producer from an unprofitable one?  Long term studies tell us the “average” cow-calf producer loses money rather than making it.  But just […]

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Grazing Alfalfa

GRAZING ALFALFA  AUTHOR: Steve Freeman I recently attended a conference for dairy graziers and was somewhat surprised when one of the speakers spent a considerable amount of time explaining all the ways necessary to avoid bloat in cattle when grazing alfalfa. We’ve been grazing beef steers and heifers on alfalfa for 15-18 years and have […]

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