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Title: The Top 10 Profit Tips from No Better Bull


1
The Top 10 Profit Tips from No Better Bull
  • Hosts Lee Leachman
  • And Dallas Horton,
  • Mike Perrine, AgriTalk and Drovers Journal

2
Our Spring Break Sale 570 Bulls 300 Females
Fun, Educational, and Profitable. Make Your
Plans for March 25th 26th, 2008.
3
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
4
50 Red Angus Bulls Sell
A024T (1179484) Silver Bullet x Make My
Day -0.8 BW, 26 WW, 58 YW, .25 IMF, .14 REA
5
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
6
60 Charolais Bulls Sell
P159S -2.0 BW, 30 WW, 48 YW .40 REA, .17
Marb
7
The Top 10 Profit Tips from No Better Bull
  • These are the best
  • tips from over 50 speakers.

8
1 Smaller Cows are More Profitable
Dr. Shane Gadberry University of AR Extension
  • In a study conducted by the Arkansas Extension
    Service, small cows generated more profit than
    large cows under commercial conditions.

9
Weaning Weight vs Cow Size
10
of Wt Weaned vs Cow Wt
11
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.

12
2 Reduce the Costs of Feeding Cows
Dr. Rick Funston University of NE Lincoln
  • Calve cows later in the season to better utilize
    grazing resources.

13
2 Calve Later
Dr. Rick Funston University of NE Lincoln
More hay for March calving cows
More grazing for June calving cows
233 days vs.
357 days grazing
grazing
14
3 Use Hybrid Vigor
  1. Crossbred cows wean 23 more pounds per cow
    exposed.

Dr. Larry Cundiff Meat Animal Research
Center Clay Center, NE
15
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
16
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.

17
4 Develop Heifers with Less Cost
Trey Patterson Assistant 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

18
5 The Best Way to Synchronize Heifers
Dr. Cliff Lamb Univ. of MN
  • Improve conception by 15 over old methods with
    the CIDR Select protocol.

19
AI pregnancy
Fixed-time AI pregnancy rate
Estrous cycling
Pre/peri-pubertal
Combined
54/87 (62)x
67/108 (62)x
13/21 (62)
CIDR Select
40/86 (47)y
CO-Synch CIDR
51/109 (47)y
11/23 (48)
15
Diff.
15
14
x,y P 0.02
x,y P 0.03
Busch et al., 2004
20
CO-Synch CIDR vs CIDR Select
CO-Synch CIDR
Busch et al., 2004
21
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 on Livestock Marketing
22
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, DVM Livestock Consulting
Services
23
8 Feed Efficiency from US MARC Research
  • Mark Allan, PhD
  • Beef Cattle Geneticist, ARS

U.S. Meat Animal Research Center Clay Center, NE
24
8 Why Feed Efficiency Matters to the Feedlot
Operator!
Inputs 150.00/ton feed 61 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
25
8 Great Variation Exist for Feed Efficiency
Wt gain 140-d
Daily dry matter intake
26
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 Smith University of NE - Lincoln
27
Sandhills Calving System
  • 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

Frequency of births
120
100
80
60
Count
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
28
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 Pratt Ranching for Profit, Ranch
Management Consultants, Inc.
29
Capitalize or Concessionize
30
Concessionize Use It or Capitalize
Lose It
Concessionize
Can you create cash flow from this and
this?
31
Concessionize Use It or Capitalize
Lose It
32
Stay tuned March 6th Dr. Barry Dunn, TX AM
Kingsville What does it cost to run a cow and
what are you doing about it? The End
33
In Two Weeks Four Strategies for Increased
Profitability
  1. Select for efficient, moderate sized cows.
  2. Build a herd of crossbred cows.
  3. Use terminal cross bulls.
  4. Select using profit EPDs that measure income
    minus expense.
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