"More of the same" on cattle operations

The phrase “more of the same” gives an impression of a lack of progress, not changing from the status quo or not improving. More of the same can mean not adopting new technologies or not adapting to current and projected conditions and, in that sense, can be detrimental on cattle operations. FULL STORY »

Newborn calf mortality has many sources

As calving season gets into full swing, you are probably preparing your farm to provide the best possible start for your new calf crop. A new calf crop is an exciting and stressful time on a farm. FULL STORY »

Branding time and Beef Quality Assurance

It is spring and that means its branding time across cattle country. As producers are finishing calving season and preparing for branding it is important to review BQA guidelines. FULL STORY »

Strategic deworming can pad producer profits, improve herd health

Regardless of one’s location throughout the United States, a common goal among all cow-calf producers is wean a healthy calf crop each year. An important step in that process is controlling internal parasites throughout the herd. FULL STORY »

Short term calf removal

Cows that were in marginal body condition score at calving may benefit slightly from the management practice called “short term calf removal”. “Short-term calf removal” is the term that describes the temporary physical separation of the calf from its mother. FULL STORY »

Scours in beef calves prevalent this spring

Although many beef producers experienced more than the usual number of hypothermia cases in calves born this year due to several days of sub-zero temperatures, scours is still the No. 1 neonatal calf disease producers will fight year after year, according to K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek. FULL STORY »

Four tips to prepare the herd for spring and summer grazing

Late spring and early summer pastures provide essential nutrients to the cow herd, as the cow cares for herself, the calf at her side and her developing fetus. During this period, pasture management is especially important as pasture forages can provide highly variable nutrient levels. FULL STORY »

Ranch drought prep – plan for the worst and hope for the best

“The drought is far from being over at this point,” says Kansas State University Beef Veterinarian Dr. Larry Hollis in an interview with K-State Radio Network and Agriculture Today. “If you look at the forecast, I don’t see much on the horizon that makes me think we’re not going to have another dry year.” FULL STORY »

Protecting the value of calves before weaning

According to data from the National Animal Health Monitoring System, bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the second leading suspected cause of pre-weaning mortality for U.S. cattle. While the majority of early cases don’t result in the loss of the animal, it is still important to take precautions. FULL STORY »

Prevent scours, a cause of losses in newborn livestock

With calving, lambing and kidding seasons in full swing, livestock producers should be mindful of diarrhea, commonly called scours in livestock, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. FULL STORY »

Make reproductive health top priority this spring

The spring calf crop is a natural focus for beef producers this time of year, but the most important thing a producer can do to maintain productivity and help improve profitability potential is to keep reproductive health of the cow herd top of mind. FULL STORY »

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