Windy start to 2014 brings wind chills; weather challenges

January gave the windiest start of the year to Missouri in almost 30 years. Wind puts the chill in wind chill. FULL STORY »

Colostrum helps newborn calves

Colostrum, or first milk produced by the mother after birth, is high in nutrients and antibodies. A newborn calf lacks disease protection because antibodies do not pass across the cow’s placenta to the fetus’ circulatory system. Antibodies in colostrum provide calves with their initial protection. FULL STORY »

Signs of impending calving in cows or heifers

As the spring calving season approaches, the cows will show typical signs that will indicate parturition is imminent. FULL STORY »

Cold weather animal care practices

Do you wonder what local farmers do to ensure the wellbeing of their livestock when it is cold outside? FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: The 3 stages of calving Play video

Glenn Selk explains what ranchers should see during the three stages of calving. FULL STORY »

Understand “normal” calving

Late January is the time that requires last minute preparations for the upcoming spring calving season. FULL STORY »

Winter weather cattle management

Winter weather conditions have certainly hit with a vengeance this year, not only in South Dakota but in a wide swath of the cattle producing areas of the United States. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Getting colostrum into a newborn calf Play video

Glenn Selk discusses the importance of getting colostrum into a newborn calf. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Safely warm a calf showing signs of hypothermia Play video

Glenn Selk explains ways to safely warm a calf showing signs of hypothermia in freezing temperatures. FULL STORY »

Fetal programming and effects of cow nutrition

Can changes to a cow's energy intake during the second trimester enhance the quality of beef her offspring will produce? FULL STORY »

Managing cold stress in cattle

Winter is here, and with it can come issues with cold stress in cattle. Wintertime conditions that can lead to cold stress include freezing temperatures, snow, ice, wind and a muddy environment. FULL STORY »

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