Fly control this spring

Spring has arrived and the warming temperatures bring new life, including flies. Controlling these pesky insects can be irritating for cattle farmers. There are many good products available to assist in fly control but they need to be applied properly to get expected results. FULL STORY »

Muddy pens cause decrease in cattle gains

Livestock producers may not be able to eliminate all the stress placed on herds by Mother Nature, but if they want to maximize animal performance they should make management decisions to minimize animal exposure to mud and provide protection from adverse weather conditions. FULL STORY »

Zoetis launches Calf Wellness initiative

Zoetis today announced the launch of Calf Wellness, a program that emphasizes Dairy Wellness solutions for all key calf and heifer growth stages, from newborn calves through pre-fresh heifers. The program focuses on five foundations of calf and heifer management: nutrition, disease management, reproduction, genetics and labor. FULL STORY »

Health and nutrition go hand in hand

There are many aspects to keeping a herd of cattle healthy. Vaccinations, worming, etc. are often what we think of. But if you want your calves to be born healthy next year and your cows to remain healthy and productive, nutrition is as important as anything. FULL STORY »

Getting cattle down the road safely

Whether it’s a cattle tractor-trailer load of stocker steers being hauled to a feedyard, or a stock trailer moving cows to summer pasture, precaution must be taken into consideration when transporting cattle. 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 »

2014 Nebraska ranch practicum accepting applications

The 2014 Nebraska Ranch Practicum gives ranchers cutting edge research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Natural resources, livestock management and economic reality are integrated throughout the Practicum. FULL STORY »

Beware of cold winter’s impact on calving, lactation periods

The harsh winter's effects on cow-calf operations may linger unless producers take the right measures to ensure their animals' nutritional needs are being properly met, according to an expert from Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. FULL STORY »

Winter took a toll on cattle health

Producers should consider supplemental feed to help cattle through the next month to six weeks until grass is growing and is past the “watery” stage. Energy and protein are both crucial. FULL STORY »

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