BeefTalk: In search of good sires

Focusing on five traits within the Red Angus breed - birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, marbling score and rib-eye area - the Dickinson Research Extension Center has set a goal that the average value for herd sire expected progeny differences (EPDs) should meet or exceed the Red Angus breed average EPD values. FULL STORY »

Time of feeding influences when cows calve

As calving season approaches, think about how to make your job easier and potentially save more calves at calving. FULL STORY »

Helping the newborn calf breathe

Despite our best efforts at bull selection and heifer development, cows or heifers occasionally need assistance at calving time. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Calving time delivery expectations Play video

Glenn Selk tells us the average delivery times to expect for cows and heifers. FULL STORY »

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 »

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