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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.

Cow/Calf Producer

April tips for beef cattle herds

With the beginning of the breeding season monitor the activity of each bull. Be sure all bulls are walking properly and checking cows for estrus activity. Sometimes bulls can become lame or injured which could affect their ability to locate and breed cows.

Cow/Calf Producer

Beef sire selection

Selecting a herd sire is one of the most important decisions a cowcalf producer makes. A herd bull contributes half the genetic makeup of his calves and plays an essential role in herd genetic improvement.

Pasture and Rangeland

Cover Crops: Agriculture’s hero

Cover crops are the real heroes in the world of agriculture. Their job starts after a field is harvested and ends just before the next season’s crop is planted. Expectations for cover crops are high because if they don’t produce, the next crop may suffer.

Disease Diagnostics

Addressing BVD at the source

Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) can lead to significant outbreaks of respiratory disease in stocker and feedlot operations, and that is where the disease often is most visible. Control at the cow-calf level however, can help prevent those losses, while also reducing the risk of costly reproductive problems. But, says, Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, cow-calf producers often do not see or recognize the signs of BVD in their herds.

Industry

Study shows effectiveness of drought-tolerant corn

DuPont Pioneer announced the Journal of Crop Science published results of a multi-year study conducted to evaluate corn hybrids under drought-stress, or water-limited, conditions. Findings scientifically demonstrate the efficacy of Pioneer brand Optimum AQUAmax maize hybrid seeds, which help farmers achieve more stable yields under drought-stress conditions and high-yield potential in favorable growing conditions.

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