Too much, too early

Too much, too early

Too much, too early by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. Fall- and spring-calving herd managers don’t often find themselves facing the same decision as those who buy calves for backgrounding, but this is one of those times. Should you implant the calves and if so, what product...
On Target: The growing requirements

On Target: The growing requirements

The growing requirements by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. Beef cattle genetic power keeps moving up. Just look at the trend for pre- and post-weaning growth potential across breeds. Look at the continued improvement in quality grade across the industry. Some say that growth...

On Target: Early path to quality beef

Early path to quality beef by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. You know the role health and nutrition play in feedlot performance, carcass quality grade and profitability. Yet many readers challenge the idea that these benefits can be realized at the ranch, unless they retain...
On Target: Unintended consequences?

On Target: Unintended consequences?

Unintended Consequences? by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. You hear more about mature cow size and growth potential of calves, now that profit ebbs and flows with the cycle. We’ve written about mature size, but not much about how to use the relevant tools to change it. So now,...
On Target: A little background may help

On Target: A little background may help

A little background may help by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. Let’s say you weaned calves last fall but didn’t sell. Instead, you helped them cross the bridge to independent life in your dry lot pen and maybe on to a grazing program. Chances are, those “backgrounded” calves...