Can storage of vaccine affect its efficacy?
Respiratory disease in cattle also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia may cost the U.S. cattle industry over $2 billion annually (Powell 2013). Management techniques can offset much of this cost and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf all the way through the production system. FULL STORY »
Summertime water requirements for the cow herd
During hot summer months, the water needed for a cow herd often determines several other management decisions. To best assess the adequacy of water quantities in surface water or from wells or "rural water" supplies, it first is necessary to have an idea of the amount needed for cattle of different sizes and stages of production that you may have during the summer on the ranch. FULL STORY »
From the BIF conference: Getting back to basics in selection
Cheramie Viator consults with Silver Spur Ranches and other large operations in their genetic-selection process. FULL STORY »
USDA announces new support, website for beginning farmers
Implementation of new Farm Bill measures and other policy changes will improve the financial security of new and beginning farmers FULL STORY »
Combustible grain dust prevention workshop planned
Kansas State University will offer a combustible grain dust prevention workshop teaching advanced mitigation methods on July 31, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. FULL STORY »
Widespread rains fuel drought relief in the heartland, but...
...it wasn't enough to quench the drought lingering in the southern Plains. FULL STORY »
Growing-season prescribed burns offer many benefits
The summer months of June through September are often overlooked as months to conduct prescribed burns. Many land managers believe growing-season prescribed burns are ineffective because green vegetation will not burn FULL STORY »
Has she come into heat?
Success in the cow-calf industry is dependent on the females’ ability to produce a calf annually. Managing the postpartum interval, or the time between calving and when she comes into heat, is important for maintaining your yearly calving interval. FULL STORY »
Angus VNR: The safety gene
Frank Hinkson is a seedstock producer from Cottonwood Falls, Kan., who has noticed an upward trend in customers looking for more docility in their cattle herds. Knowing that genetics plays a role, he added disposition to his list of culling factors and began selecting to include more docility. FULL STORY »
Herbicides control blackberries
June is usually the best month to control blackberries in pastures and rangeland in the Southern Great Plains. Non-ranchers reading this may wonder why anyone would want to kill a plant that produces such tasty fruit. FULL STORY »