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Factors Affecting Timing And Intensity Of Calving Season Of Beef Cow-Calf Producers In The Midwest, Lee L. Schulz, Claire E. Andresen, Patrick J. Gunn May 2016

Factors Affecting Timing And Intensity Of Calving Season Of Beef Cow-Calf Producers In The Midwest, Lee L. Schulz, Claire E. Andresen, Patrick J. Gunn

Lee Schulz

Despite demonstrated market incentives to adopt controlled calving seasons, many producers still have herds that calve somewhat broadly throughout the year. Primarydata, collected through a coordinated survey effort withUSDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, were usedto quantify factors that affect producers’ decisions regardingtiming and intensity of calving season. Ninety-seven, 50, 33,and 26% of farms calve in the spring (Mar, Apr, May),summer (Jun, Jul, Aug), fall (Sep, Oct, Nov), and winter(Dec, Jan, Feb), respectively. Twenty-two percent observeda calving season exclusively in the spring. Sixty-six percentof respondents indicated calving season was dictated byweather, 34% because of labor availability, and ...


Beef Species Symposium: Economic Considerations Related To U.S. Beef Herd Expansion, Glynn T. Tonsor, Lee L. Schulz May 2016

Beef Species Symposium: Economic Considerations Related To U.S. Beef Herd Expansion, Glynn T. Tonsor, Lee L. Schulz

Lee Schulz

Significant attention perpetually surrounds possible changes in breeding herd inventories in the U.S. beef cattle industry. This article outlines economic considerations of U.S. herd expansion. Factors restricting expansion include land availability, increasing production efficiency, operator demographics, capital requirements, and commodity price volatility. Several offsetting factors support herd expansion including unprecedented cow–calf returns, ongoing global beef demand growth, and timing within the current cattle cycle. In addition to these industry-wide factors, several important variations in individual ranch considerations are outlined. The authors’ expectations on future herd dynamics are provided, highlighting broader implications for individual operations, industry leaders, and ...