Impacts of cold weather on calf weights

It seemed strange… why did shorn sheep have bigger lambs than their unshorn counterparts? The relationship also exists in cattle, according to a UNL study in the 1990's. FULL STORY »

The importance of colostrum replacements in newborn calves

It is crucial that newborn calves get off to a good start and one of the most important things that needs to happen at birth is the adequate consumption of high-quality colostrum by the newborn calf. FULL STORY »

Cow-Calf Timely Tips - February 2014

Follow these cow-calf management tips to prepare your spring-calving herd. FULL STORY »

Some newborn calves need help breathing

Despite a cow-calf producer’s best efforts relative to providing desired herd genetics and ease of birthing through bull selection and heifer development, some cows or heifers still need assistance at calving time. FULL STORY »

Assisting the posterior presentation (backwards calf)

Any cow calf producer that has spent several years in the cattle business has had the experience of assisting a cow or heifer deliver a calf that was coming backwards. FULL STORY »

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 »

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