Simple steps to up your cow herd's profitability

One particularly useful talk at AABP was a small-group discussion in which 20 of us discussed how we, as herd health DVMs, can help our clients improve herd profitability. FULL STORY »

Prepare for winter weather

It would be only fair to admit that there were no plans to write about preparing for winter weather until the October blizzard that hit South Dakota and surrounding areas. FULL STORY »

K-State expanding program as interest in herd rebuild grows

Interest from producers in growing herd sizes in the years ahead is encouraging Kansas State University and the Kansas Department of Agriculture to expand its Sunflower Supreme program across the state. FULL STORY »

Watching the cattle herd

Close observation of cattle herds is considered good animal husbandry. But just watching cattle is not enough in and of itself. FULL STORY »

Thoughts about blizzard stressed calves

With the early October blizzard and unexpected death loss, producers are forced to manage calves differently than they would traditionally. One of the areas that this is most obvious is weaning. FULL STORY »

Check corn for mycotoxins

The recent cool, wet weather has created concerns about the growth of molds and mycotoxins in corn still out in the field. FULL STORY »

Are you getting your money’s worth?

Do you suffer from sticker shock when you order or pick up the vaccines for your herd health program? FULL STORY »

Johnsongrass and frost can be bad combination for cattle

When the first frost hits, beef producers should be concerned for grazing cattle if the field contains johnsongrass. Cattle may suffer from prussic acid poisoning caused by this grass. FULL STORY »

Novel method makes FMD vaccine production safer

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines can be produced safely using a new patent-pending technology developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. FULL STORY »

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 »

Growing bred replacement heifers

Bred replacement heifers that will calve in January and February need to continue to grow and maintain body condition. Ideally, two year old heifers should be in a body condition score “6” at the time that their first calf is born. FULL STORY »

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