Dale Watson
Commercial Agriculture Beef and Livestock Specialist
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For the Week of
January 13, 2000

Looking At Your Operation

The open forum type meetings held by University Outreach & Extension have been well attended and given a successful rating by those in attendance. These sessions, titled Beef or Crop Rendezvous, provide the opportunity for audience participation by providing questions and comments. The panel that responds to the many questions related to the type of session being held is the key to the success of these sessions.

A very important topic that continues to be a focus of the micro management portion of the beef enterprise has been providing adequate nutrition under the various environmental circumstances. Responses to these questions start with what is available on the individual production unit and how to minimize the cost of using the home-grown products. Adding proper supplementation through self feeding, hand feeding or limit feeding techniques provides an economic setting for improving the bottom line of each individual enterprise. All responses to the questions are considered as cost reduction procedures.

We continue to respond to questions and comments relating to animal health. Data from the beef feedout, heifer development, and sire evaluation programs that are offered in the Central Missouri region all support the concept of giving immunizations prior to moving the cattle off the original premises. It is very important if you follow this management concept to provide sufficient time for individuals receiving these immunizations to develop a titer prior to adding the normal stress of weaning, transporting, and environmental adjustment. Giving the immunizations the same day the animals are weaned, loaded, and ready for transport is likely a waste of time and dollars.

We frequently see animals exposed to this type of management become some of the first to break with an illness and require pulling and treatment.

Another management area that has been discussed widely is the retained ownership concept.

Much of this discussion has included the entire production phase from conception to rail or combining any portion of the traditional management segments of production. Basically the responses to this management adjustment center around the ability to provide financial support for the extended period of ownership, tax consequences from adjusting the marketing date, and available facilities due to the retention of additional animals.

The most important concept of any production entity is to determine the marketing time and the weight of the livestock that fits your production unit. This will vary from operation to operation. Many units need to concentrate more on forage management, reproduction, and live calves weaned per cow exposed. Forages and reproduction are the basis for any beef cattle production enterprise. Without maintaining these basic considerations and having a high production percentage it is very difficult to improve the return on investment of any enterprise.

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