BIU FOCUSED ON HEIFER RETENTION, GRAZING MANAGEMENT
Speakers on the Beef Industry University (BIU) panel addressed the prospects for rebuilding the cowherd and long-term grazing management strategies. Kansas State University Associate Professor of Ag Economics Glynn Tonsor began by sharing economic information about retaining heifers and expanding herds now that drought conditions have improved. He said the economic signals to expand will continue, as returns per cow in 2014 are projected by the Livestock Marketing Information Center to reach a record-high $302 per head. Tonsor encouraged producers to use a K-State spreadsheet that provides estimated prices cattlemen can pay for replacement heifers based on yearly cow costs and potential calf crop profits.
Ranch management consultant Burke Teichert explained grazing strategies to be used following the drought. He urged producers to consider planned, time-controlled grazing methods to improve pasture conditions. By enhancing pasture quality, producers can increase the number of grazing days and decrease additional feed requirements. This can lead to lower overhead costs and improved profitability.
Jaymelynn Farney outlined the new Sunflower Supreme replacement heifer program. The program, directed by Farney, is designed to supply high-quality bred heifers to the market.
The Farm Credit Associations of Kansas sponsored BIU.
KLA President Elect Jeff Sternberger, a cattle feeder from Garden City, invites KLA members and guests to attend the KLA Convention in Wichita.