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The Top 10 Profit Tips from No Better Bull. Hosts: Lee Leachman And Dallas Horton, & Mike Perrine, AgriTalk and Drovers Journal. Our Spring Break Sale – 570 Bulls & 300 Females. Fun, Educational, and Profitable. Make Your Plans for March 25 th & 26 th , 2008. . 160 Angus Bulls Sell.

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the top 10 profit tips from no better bull

The Top 10 Profit Tips from No Better Bull

Hosts: Lee Leachman

And Dallas Horton,

&

Mike Perrine, AgriTalk and Drovers Journal

our spring break sale 570 bulls 300 females
Our Spring Break Sale – 570 Bulls & 300 Females

Fun, Educational,

and Profitable. Make Your Plans for March 25th & 26th,2008.

160 angus bulls sell
160 Angus Bulls Sell

G677T (#15862795): Converting at 5.4/1. 15.0 REA and 5.02 IMF. Pedigree: 2 878 x H141 x 8180

50 red angus bulls sell
50 Red Angus Bulls Sell

A024T (#1179484): Silver Bullet x Make My Day

-0.8 BW, +26 WW, +58 YW, +.25 IMF, +.14 REA

300 stabilizer bulls sell
300 Stabilizer Bulls Sell

X137T -- #1 on Feed to Gain at under 4 : 1! Lucky Charm x 1407. 70 BW , 5.1 Fr, 15.6 REA

60 charolais bulls sell
60 Charolais Bulls Sell

P159S: -2.0 BW, +30 WW, +48 YW+.40 REA, +.17 Marb

the top 10 profit tips from no better bull1

The Top 10 Profit Tips from No Better Bull

These are the best

tips from over 50 speakers.

1 smaller cows are more profitable
#1 Smaller Cows are More Profitable

Dr. Shane GadberryUniversity of AR Extension

  • In a study conducted by the Arkansas Extension Service, small cows generated more profit than large cows under commercial conditions.

No Better Bull

bigger does not mean better
Bigger Does Not Mean Better
  • 276 Cows in AR Cow Herd Performance Testing Program
  • Six 1100 pound cows for every five 1400 pound cows.
  • 517 lbs from smaller cows vs. 563 from bigger cows.
  • $88 / head advantage to the smaller cows.
2 reduce the costs of feeding cows
#2 Reduce the Costs of Feeding Cows

Dr. Rick FunstonUniversity of NE Lincoln

Calve cows later in the season to better utilize grazing resources.

No Better Bull

2 calve later
#2 Calve Later

Dr. Rick FunstonUniversity of NE Lincoln

More hay for March calving cows

More grazing for

June calving cows

233 days vs. 357 days grazing grazing

3 use hybrid vigor
#3 Use Hybrid Vigor
  • Crossbred cows wean 23% more pounds per cow exposed.

Dr. Larry CundiffMeat Animal Research CenterClay Center, NE

No Better Bull

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Heterosis

Weight of Calf Weaned Per Cow

Exposed To Breeding

23.3

Two Thirds of the benefit of hybrid vigor comes in the crossbred cow.

You should build a herd of crossbred cows.

14.8

Percent

8.5

8.5

X-bred

cows

X-bred

calves

Straightbred

cows

straightbred

calves

Straightbred

cows

X-bred

calves

3 wean 23 more weight
#3 Wean 23% More Weight
  • Heterosis adds 23.3% to pounds weaned per cow exposed:
  • Straightbred Crossbred Difference
  • Pregnancy percentage 91.0% 96.0% 5% Advantage
  • Live calf % preg to wean 92.5% 96.5% 4% Advantage
  • Calves / cow exposed % 84.2% 92.6% 10.1% (92.6/84.2) Adv.
  • PB wean weight 525 525
  • 0 18 3.5% Maternal boost
  • 0 45 8.5% Direct boost
  • Weaning weight total 525 588 63 pound advantage
  • Lbs. weaned / cow exp 442 545 23.3% (545/442) Adv.
4 develop heifers with less cost
#4 Develop Heifers with Less Cost

Trey PattersonAssistant Manager

Padlock Ranch

  • Systems that develop heifers at lower costs can be economically advantageous
  • Heifers developed to 50-55% of mature weight shown to have good reproduction
  • Selling open heifers may be a paying proposition if costs are low
  • Development weights may depend on the biological type
  • Heifers will perform when developed on range
5 the best way to synchronize heifers
# 5 The Best Way to Synchronize Heifers

Dr. Cliff LambUniv. of MN

  • Improve conception by 15% over old methods with the CIDR Select protocol.
ai pregnancy
AI pregnancy

Fixed-time AI pregnancy rate

Pre/peri-pubertal

Estrous cycling

Combined

13/21 (62%)

54/87 (62%)x

67/108 (62%)x

CIDR Select

CO-Synch + CIDR

11/23 (48%)

40/86 (47%)y

51/109 (47%)y

Diff.

+ 14 %

+ 15 %

+ 15 %

x,y P= 0.03

x,yP= 0.02

Busch et al., 2004

co synch cidr vs cidr select

AI

AI

PG

GnRH

CIDR (7 d)

0 7 …... 54h

CIDR Select

GnRH

GnRH

GnRH

PG

CIDR (14 days)

.. .. 9 days .. .. .. .. 7 days .. ..

0 14 23 30.........72h

Treatment day

CO-Synch + CIDR vs CIDR Select

CO-Synch + CIDR

Busch et al., 2004

6 pre conditioning calves pays ranchers
#6 Pre-Conditioning Calves Pays Ranchers
  • Vac Pre Con
    • $5.88 premium / cwt
  • Vac 45
    • $7.62 premium / cwt
  • Owner Certified Natural
    • $1.40 premium / cwt
  • Age & Source Verified
    • $1.77 premium / cwt

Jim Odle,

Expert onLivestock Marketing

7 pre weaned vs un weaned calves in the feedlot
#7 Pre-Weaned vs. Un-Weaned Calves in the Feedlot
  • Shrinks are the same.
  • 23% Lower Morbidity
  • 49% Lower Mortaility
  • By 100 DOF Average Daily Gains are Equal
  • Pre-weaned calves had the same or lower conversions.
    • Better health was offset by lower gains through finish weight.
    • Key for un-weaned calves is getting to a dry matter consumption of 1.7% of body weight by day seven on feed.

Dr. Scott MacGregor, DVMLivestock Consulting Services

8 feed efficiency from us marc research
#8 Feed Efficiency from US MARC Research

Mark Allan, PhD

Beef Cattle Geneticist, ARS

U.S. Meat Animal Research Center

Clay Center, NE

slide24

#8 Why Feed Efficiency Matters to theFeedlot Operator!

Inputs

150.00/ton feed

6:1 feed to gain

.35/hd yardage

20.00/hd medicine

1.99 trucking

3.00 miscellaneous

6.5% interest

25% cash equity

.75% death loss

600lb initial wt

1240lb kill wt

ADG 3.6 lbs/day

  • Results
  • 288.00 feed cost/hd

71% Feed costs

slide25

#8 Great Variation Exist for Feed Efficiency

Wt gain

140-d

Daily dry matter intake

9 the sandhills calving system
#9 The Sandhills Calving System
  • You can virtually eliminate deaths from scours on your operation.
  • Rotate pregnant cows to clean calving pastures each week during the calving season.

Dr. Dave SmithUniversity of NE - Lincoln

No Better Bull

sandhills calving system
Sandhills Calving System

Frequency of births

  • Re-create the conditions at the start of the calving season
  • Move pregnant cows to new calving pastures each week
    • Minimize dose-load
    • Improve maternal bonding
  • Segregate calves by age to prevent the multiplier effect

120

100

80

Count

60

40

20

0

5/1

5/8

5/15

5/22

5/29

6/5

6/12

6/19

6/26

7/3

More

5/2

5/9

5/16

5/23

5/30

6/6

6/13

6/20

6/27

7/4

Date

Low risk

High risk

slide28

#10 – Capitalize on Your Asset Base

  • Why are Ranchers wealthy on their balance sheet and dirt poor in their bank account, and what can you do about it?

Dave PrattRanching for Profit,Ranch ManagementConsultants, Inc.

slide30

Concessionize = Use It or Capitalize = Lose It

Concessionize: Can you create cash flow from this and this?

slide31

Sell It

Capitalize: Can you sell this and maintain control of this?

Concessionize = Use It or Capitalize = Lose It

slide32

Stay tuned:March 6th: Dr. Barry Dunn, TX A&M KingsvilleWhat does it cost to run a cow and what are you doing about it?The End

in two weeks four strategies for increased profitability
In Two Weeks:Four Strategies for Increased Profitability
  • Select for efficient, moderate sized cows.
  • Build a herd of crossbred cows.
  • Use terminal cross bulls.
  • Select using profit EPD’s that measure income minus expense.