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 »

Limping livestock: Two perspectives

Lameness can be attributed to many factors yet the physical response to favor a limb is likely related to the animal’s pain threshold. The presence of pain is a critical well-being concern, and can have many secondary impacts on the animal’s overall health, production, and functional lifetime. FULL STORY »

Winter conditions now could mean even higher beef costs later

The record-breaking arctic cold experienced throughout the region this winter could mean less productive breeding among beef cattle this spring. FULL STORY »

The rundown on scours treatment and prevention

Springtime calving. The time of year bringing longer hours of daylight, warmer sunshine, galloping baby calves, an end in sight with winter weather, cows nurturing their young – and scours. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic resistance: Should I be concerned?

Many people are concerned about antibiotic resistance. What is antibiotic resistance? Why is this concerning? FULL STORY »

Cow-Calf Timely Tips - February 2014

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

Trichomoniasis: Still a threat to beef breeding herds

As area beef herds become involved in making decisions about bulls for next breeding season, herd health and reproductive disease should be considered in the context of what age and type of bulls are being purchased. FULL STORY »

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