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 »

Booster vaccinations for beef calves

With cattle vaccinations; timing is important. FULL STORY »

Poor temperament adversely affects cattle profit

October is a traditional weaning and culling time for spring-calving herds. This is a time when producers decide which cows no longer are helpful to the operation and which heifer calves will be kept for future replacements. FULL STORY »

What if we could see germs?

Protecting animals from disease pathogens (germs) requires that we look beyond what we can see. FULL STORY »

Manage calves to reduce stress at weaning, improve performance

This is the time of year when many cow-calf producers are weaning calves. The following are some important factors and strategies to remember when planning to wean calves. FULL STORY »

Starting calves right: Handle with care

September is the beginning of the traditional fall calf run. Over the course of the next three to four months the majority of the spring born calves will be weaned, moved through market channels, received at a feedlot, backgrounder or stocker operation, and perhaps started on feed. FULL STORY »

Tips for a successful calf weaning season

As my grandfather always said when I was growing up, “Another year, another weaning program.” For most spring-calving producers, it likely seems that there is no shortage of options or opinions when it comes to weaning calves in the fall. FULL STORY »

Let grass, cows be guide when weaning

Producers should let the condition of their cattle and forage dictate when to wean calves, two North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists say. FULL STORY »

Consider pregnancy checking cattle early

Beef cattle producers can realize significant savings by identifying and culling nonpregnant females prior to winter feeding, says Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. FULL STORY »

Protect newborn calves from flies during fall calving

Recent heat and humidity have brought flies strikes back to serious levels. Special observation of newborn calves is critical. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Fence-line weaning spring calves Play video

Glenn Selk discusses early fence-line weaning of spring calves. FULL STORY »

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