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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

Save a little- save a lot

One of the great things about being a specialist with The University of Tennessee is it provides the opportunity to help producers in their operations.  I feel very blessed to have a job in which I present research-based recommendations to producers to help their profitability.  But if you have very listened to one of my presentations, you may have realized that we have more recommendations than you can actually have time to accomplish.  And not just time, but if you start adding up the cost of all our recommendations, nobody can spend your money like I can.  It is all a matter of prioriti

Pasture and Rangeland

Profitable beef pastures need legumes

Forage legume species such as red or white clover, birdsfoot trefoil, and alfalfa are important plant contributors to productivity and quality of beef pastures in the Upper Midwest and elsewhere.

Cow/Calf Producer

BQA issues for the beef cow-calf producer

Beef cow-calf producers have consistently improved the quality of beef from cull cows and bulls. Over the past two decades the beef industry has conducted quality assurance audits for cull cows and bulls. Every concern has been addressed and producers have decreased quality defects of most quality measures.


From really wet to very dry, what's left in your pastures?

How quickly things can change here in Ohio! Not much longer than a month ago, while I was moving cattle from one paddock to another, I was amazed at how wet it was for the middle of July. It seemed more like early March weather because it was really muddy when I put the cows through a gate into a new paddock. I don't ever remember my livestock pugging paddocks in July before, but there was some this year.

Cow/Calf Producer

Preparing for fall calves and football

Just like the Bulldogs will have a busy August practicing for football season, Mississippi farmers who fall calve should make necessary changes to prepare for calving season.

Drovers Radio

Drovers Radio: Current cattle cycle

Montana State University livestock economist Gary Brester talks about where the beef industry stands in the current cattle cycle, and the rate at which cattle numbers might grow in the next couple of years...he says that this cattle cycle differs greatly from the notable herd expansion episodes of the past.

Cow/Calf Producer

Testing hay can save supplement dollars

Forage analysis can be a useful tool to remove some of the mystery concerning the hay that producers will feed this winter. Testing the grass hays this year for protein and energy content will help the producer design winter supplementation programs most appropriate for the forage supply that is available. Any of the potential nitrate accumulating hays should be tested for nitrate concentration.


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