Getting a handle on vitamin nutrition during gestation

Although energy, protein, and minerals are often the focus of winter ration balancing, an influx of perinatal calf mortality cases at the Iowa State University diagnostic lab the past two springs suggests that vitamin nutrition may be getting overlooked. FULL STORY »

Windbreaks reduce cattle energy demands

Cattle will naturally seek windbreaks in the winter. In cold weather, cattle require additional energy to maintain body temperature, and wind chill further increases energy demands. FULL STORY »

Backgrounding calves with corn again

In recent years the price of corn has pushed cattle producers backgrounding calves to seek other energy feed options. FULL STORY »

The more things change, the more they stay the same

For at least three decades, beef cattle scientists have studied body condition of cows and its impact on productivity. FULL STORY »

Preparing the cow herd for cold weather

Moisture, high winds, and cold temperatures increase the cow’s energy requirements. FULL STORY »

Need for dialog on antibiotics Play video

At the NIAA conference on antibiotic resistance, Western Kentucky University animal scientist Nevil Speer, PhD, notes the complexity of the science behind antibiotic resistance and the need for continued collaboration among stakeholder groups to protect antibiotic efficacy, consumer confidence and animal health. FULL STORY »

Prepare for a successful spring calving season

Someone once said “that Success occurs when Opportunity meets with Preparation”. Planning and preparing ahead for next spring’s calving season can help increase the chances of success. FULL STORY »

Receiving programs to improve animal health

Problems with respiratory disease can turn a group of feeder calves from profitable to a disaster if animal health is not properly addressed. FULL STORY »

Cow cost is too high to keep an open cow

In many parts of Arkansas, producers experienced plenty of spring and early summer rainfall. Unlike last year, hay is abundant and in many cases producers have more hay than they have cattle. FULL STORY »

Winter Feed Estimator is a great tool for cow-calf producers

Estimating winter feed needs now will save beef cow-calf producers from running out of feed during a time when feed prices are the highest to purchase. FULL STORY »

K-State studies show benefits of early calf weaning

It’s always been done this way, right? Calves are weaned in the fall. But drought conditions in the Plains states prompted some beef producers to wean calves earlier than usual in recent years, which may have been surprisingly beneficial. FULL STORY »

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