Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


Don't Stop Now - Specialist Calls for Continued Industry Shifts for the Herd of Tomorrow

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 17:12:56 CDT

Don't Stop Now - Specialist Calls for Continued Industry Shifts for the Herd of Tomorrow


Extension beef cattle specialist Dr. David Lalman of Oklahoma State University recently spoke at the Beef Improvement Federation’s annual symposium hosted by Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas this past June.



During his lecture, Lalman considered shifts in the beef industry that have occurred over the last 20 years and argued that efforts for improvement by producers should continue during the next 20 years.



“The commercial cow/calf segment has basically responded to requests for improved performance and carcass quality over the past 20 years and that’s really where our primary focus has been,” Lalman said.



“I think over the next 20 years it needs to shift, not completely, and not shift away, from improving cattle that excel in the finishing phase of the carcass. However, there comes a point when with increase in costs and perhaps no change in productivity at the cow/calf segment, that this shift has got to come to focus on that,” Lalman said.



With the industry’s commitment to increase weaning weights in recent years, Lalman addressed questions that have arisen regarding increasing milk intake.



“It does not look like weaning weights are increasing over the last 24 years which is a shocker because most definitely there has been aggressive selection emphasis on growth it may have something to do with the environment of a commercial cow calf operation that generally speaking has lower inputs,” Lalman said.



“We’ve shown time and again, other scientists have shown the efficiency of the conversion of forage or feed to milk and then from milk to calf weight gain,” he said. “So, I don’t think the answer is to create more weaning weight with more milk.”



Lalman suggested a more beneficial approach to increased profitability may be to focus on opportunities to reduce production costs.



“The lower hanging fruit is to minimize production cost, meaning more weaning rate, higher calf prices and so on,” he said. “If it is not working anyway, if weaning weights are not going up, why would you pour a tremendous amount of resources trying to force it to happen. We have the tools now that we should be able to make that shift in the commercial cow segment to be more focused on reducing cost and do it without giving up the progress that’s been made in the post weaning phase. We have the tools that we can do both.”



To learn more about the conference, visit the event’s webpage by clicking here, or, to view Dr. Lalman’s PowerPoint presentation, click here.



The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network and is a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.



   



   

right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • OSU's Kim Anderson Discusses the Spread in Hard and Soft Red Wheats and the Falling Prices of Wheat and Corn   Thu, 22 Aug 2019 18:28:45 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2019  Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:54:04 CDT
  • Thursday Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:58:29 CDT
  • American Farm Bureau Affirmed in Federal Court's Decision to Send Illegal Water Rule Back to EPA  Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:31:44 CDT
  • Dr. Rosslyn Biggs is Settling Into Her Dual Role as Beef Cattle Extension Specialist and Director of Continuing Education for OSU's Center for Veterinary Services  Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:18:35 CDT
  • Thursday Afternoon Market Wrap-Up with Carson Horn  Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:53:06 CDT
  • Scattered Rain Showers This Week and Next Expected to Slow Expanding Flash Drought Across Oklahoma  Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:16:01 CDT
  • Elanco Announces Agreement to Acquire Bayer’s Animal Health Business  Thu, 22 Aug 2019 11:56:09 CDT

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show AFR Insurance Stillwater Milling KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


       
       
    © 2008-2019 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.