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Factors Affecting the Beef Choice/Select Spread
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This publication covers calculation of the choice/select spread, as well as supply and demand factors that widen or narrow the choice/select spread. Additional discussion centers on how the choice/select spread reflects cattle quality and packer demand for certain USDA quality grades (PDF format only)

Economics of Baleage for Beef Cattle Operations
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In recent years, there has been considerable interest from beef cattle producers in using baled silage or baleage as a way to reduce feeding expenses. This publication discusses the costs of incorporating baleage into an existing beef cattle operation. (PDF Format Only)

Effects of Pasture Stocking Rate and Method on Cow-Calf Production
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To determine the effectiveness of short-duration, rotational grazing systems for cattle in South Louisiana, a three-year study (Phase 1 of a six-year project), designed to evaluate pasture stocking methods and rates, was initiated in the spring of 1999 at the Iberia Research Station near Jeanerette.

Supplementation of Mature Crossbred Cows Fed Bermudagrass Hay During the Last One-third of Gestation
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These data suggest that good quality hay fed free choice can meet nutrient requirements during the last one-third of gestation, a period when the nutrient requirements of the cow increase because of the growth of the fetus.

Agribusiness and Market Analyst Preferences for USDA Market Information [Image: agribusiness]
This brochure details the relative value agribusiness professionals and market analysts place on various USDA livestock and poultry reports that contain pricing and production data. (PDF Format Only)
New Electronic Heat Detection for Beef Cattle [Image: Heat Watch patch on commercial cow for Estrus Detection.]
Research indicates that successful visual estrus detection and subsequent pregnancyrates are directly related to the frequency and duration of each heat check. The objective of this report is to describe a new heat detection system and to demonstrate its potential effectiveness for use with artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET) procedures.
Bayou Beef Tips: Beef Cattle Body Condition [Image: Logo]
For many years, most beef cattle producers have observed the body fat reserves of their cattle herd and used that information to make feeding and nutritional decisions. Research shows that proper nutrition and efficient use of forage reduce costs.
2009 Beef Report
The 2009 Beef Report is a compilation of research studies completed by the LSU AgCenter faculty in the two years since the publication of the 2007 report. Should you desire more information about any of the studies reported in this publication, please contact the scientists who wrote the article or the local extension service agent in your parish.
Learn@Lunch Webinars
Learn@Lunch webinars provide practical knowledge for beef cattle producers of all types to enhance financial viability and improve farm management decision making.
Beef Cattle Production Best Management Practices [Image: Beef Cattle Production Best Management Practices]
The best management practices that apply most directly to the beef industry are in this publication. A brief description, purpose and conditions to which the practice applies are given for each of the BMPs listed. (PDF Format Only)
Forage Quality Basics and Beef Cattle Requirements [Image: forage quality basics]
Basics of forage quality analysis and how such an analysis relates to the nutritional needs of a beef cow and/or replacement heifer. (PDF format only)
County Extension Agent Preferences for USDA Market Information [Image: usda market info]
This brochure details the relative value Extension agents place on various USDA livestock and poultry reports that contain pricing and production data. (PDF format only)
Bull Purchase Price Comparison [Image: Bull Purchase Price Spreadsheet]
This spreadsheet is designed to assist cow/calf producers in determining if purchasing a higher-priced bull is an economically sound investment. Users are asked to enter information including calf prices, weaning weights and weaning percentage to calculate the difference in net present value between the two bulls. A positive net present value suggests the higher-priced bull will be an economically sound investment based on the assumptions entered by the user.
Health Care and Nutritional Management of Beef Bulls [Image: beef bulls health care]
Information on purchasing healthy bulls, breeding-soundness examinations, disease prevention and nutrition. (PDF format only)