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Browse our wealth of news and information for advice and tips on topics ranging from baby calf health to pasture and rangeland.

USDA Market Reports

Fewer heifers in feedyards

While the latest U.S. Cattle on Feed report showed total inventory in U.S. feedlots with capacity for 1,000 or more head was 1 percent higher on January 1, 2015 compared to the first of the year in 2014, total inventory of heifers was down 2 percent during that time.

Cow/Calf Producer

A good year to shorten breeding season

Beef producers may have a real opportunity this year to shorten the breeding season. Reducing the calving season to 45 to 50 days for replacement heifers and 60 to 70 days for cows has some real economic advantages.

Cow/Calf Producer

Advanced Bull Selection Clinics scheduled for February

The columns of information in semen and bull sale catalogs seem to get larger and more complex every season. Genetics and genomics can certainly add to confusion and overwhelm a producer considering A.I. or a buyer on sale day.

Cow Calf

BeefTalk: Register Those Bulls!

Even if individual animal identification numbers are not available for all the cattle in the inventory, the registration numbers available throughout the purebred business are critical and the heart of the breed association.

Cow Calf

Addressing weak calf syndrome

The word “syndrome” can be defined as a concurrence, a pattern of events occurring together due to known or unknown causes. When veterinarians use the word, it usually means the latter. Many different possibilities could cause a syndrome in animals, said Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations for the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Cattle Feeding

Mineral supplementation for beef cows

Measuring the consequences of mineral deficiencies in cow-calf operations can be difficult. Weight gains, which are off a few pounds usually go unnoticed, reduced milk production can't really be measured in beef cows, and the cow that is limping must have stepped on something causing her sore foot.

Cow/Calf Producer

Preparing cows for breeding

A successful breeding season actually begins with management decisions made at calving. Cattlemen can impact rebreeding efficiency by focusing on body condition score (BCS), early assistance during calving difficulty, scheduling a breeding soundness exam for the herd sires, planning their herd reproductive health program, and developing a plan to regulate estrus in their first-calf heifers and late-calving cows.

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