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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

From the Fence Post: Fall Weaning – stay or ship

According to data from Superior Livestock Auctions, producers who have the feed, facilities and expertise to effectively manage a 45- to 60-day weaning program will be well paid for their efforts. In addition to the $10/cwt. premium for vaccinating and weaning, efficient feeders also will realize the added value of gain over feed costs.

Industry

USDA expands forage crop insurance option nationwide for livestock producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) is expanding crop insurance coverage for ranchers to help them protect against loss of forage produced for feeding livestock. The Rainfall Index Pasture, Rangeland, Forage pilot program (PRF) will now be available in all 48 contiguous states beginning with the 2016 crop year. Livestock producers have until Nov. 15, 2015, to sign up for coverage.

Quality Silage

Establishing corn silage value

Corn silage represents the base of many beef and dairy diets in the Midwest for a number of very good reasons. Properly harvested corn silage is an excellent forage resource that can be used in a number of feeding situations.

News

Top 10 things we learned this week (September 01)

The United States is the largest consumer of beef in the world followed by Brazil and the European Union. The world is projected to 56.739 million metric tons of beef in 2015. The United States is projected to consume roughly 20% of the beef produced in the world.

Cow/Calf Producer

Growing bred replacement heifers

Bred replacement heifers that will calve in January and February need to continue to grow and maintain body condition. Ideally, two year old heifers should be in a body condition score 6 at the time that their first calf is born.

Pasture and Rangeland

Expert: Managing pastures doesn’t only mean growing grass

What a pasture should look like – whether a waving sea of grass or one with diverse vegetation – depends on the cattleman’s final goal and actions taken before rain falls, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist.

“With the rains we’ve had this year, the waving sea of grass can be a cattleman’s dream: no weed problems, no brush problems and plenty to eat going into the winter,” said Tim Steffens, AgriLife Extension range specialist in Canyon.

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