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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.

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Genomic Gains: Bringing value to seedstock and commercial herds

You look across the way and she catches your eye immediately. You’ve had your eye on her for a while now, but with the decision imminent, you can’t help but notice – she’s got “that look.” She’s structurally sound. She’s calm in the pen and pasture. She’s grown rapidly and early and has the body type you like in a cow. Decision made – she made the cut and is headed to the pen of replacements instead of the feedyard with the steers.

Cattle Feeding

Feedlot nutrition: Provide a smooth transition

When transitioning cattle from ranch to rail, feed intake of a nutrient-dense diet is of utmost importance. Research indicates only 20 percent of cattle will eat on the day of arrival to the feedyard and by day five, only two-thirds are eating a sufficient ration from the bunk.

Cow Calf

Getting ready for March Madness

One of the key components for success in both fields is preparation. And for a rancher, success during calving is critical. Over 60% of calves that are born but die before weaning are either born dead or are lost within the first 24 hours after birth, according to USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System data, with calving difficulty being a significant cause of death.

Cow Calf

Nebraska BQA: Starting newborn calves off right

Calving season for many producers is near, which means it is time to develop a Herd Health Plan (HHP) to start those newborn calves out on the right track, promoting good health. An appropriate Herd Health Plan/Protocol ensures that all cattle are raised in the best health.

Cow/Calf Producer

Q&A: Tips from the experts on your herd sire investment

Every year cattlemen and women have common occurring questions before investing in genetics that will play a huge role in the success of their operation for several years. “Buy a bull to use for five years, and he’s going to have a lasting impact upwards of 15 years on a cow herd,” says beef specialist Matt Hersom at the University of Florida. In other words, your bull purchase decisions are not to be taken lightly.

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