Kansas Cattle on Feed down 3 percent

Kansas feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.01 million cattle on feed on May 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. FULL STORY »

Using early weaning to survive the drying and trying times

Hot air swells across the land, sucking what little moisture is left out of the ground. It’s been days since a decent rain and much of the area is wilting away in a parched state. Amidst it all stands a rancher, looking out across the once flourishing paradise which will turn into a desiccate wasteland if rains don’t come. FULL STORY »

Reducing fly numbers on pastured cattle

As late spring approaches, livestock producers should evaluate and select pasture fly control options available for their specific management system. There are three fly species in Nebraska which could economically impact pastured livestock; the horn fly, face fly and stable fly. FULL STORY »

"The Winter of Our Discontent"?

Shakespeare must have been thinking about caring for beef cattle this past winter when he coined those words. As spring arrives, we can't help but feel some relief just to get past this tough winter weather. FULL STORY »

Economic advantages to implanting nursing calves

Many new technologies have been made available to the beef industry over the last 75 years. Few have the potential return on investment as do growth promoting implants for nursing calves. FULL STORY »

“Supershedders” role in spreading E. coli scrutinized

Though you can’t tell just by looking at them, some of the cattle grazing in a pasture, or noshing high-energy rations in a feedlot pen, may be “supershedders”—meaning they shed high levels of pathogenic Escherichia coli—such as E. coli O157:H7—in their manure. FULL STORY »

Cull cow prices strong

Cull cow prices in the U.S. have been at record high levels throughout 2014. Seasonally peak prices occurred in March, with April prices averaging about $4 per hundredweight lower than March. FULL STORY »

Newborn calf mortality has many sources

As calving season gets into full swing, you are probably preparing your farm to provide the best possible start for your new calf crop. A new calf crop is an exciting and stressful time on a farm. FULL STORY »

Newborn calf mortality has many sources

As calving season gets into full swing, you are probably preparing your farm to provide the best possible start for your new calf crop. A new calf crop is an exciting and stressful time on a farm. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Spring reflections and calf deaths

The next week will be busy at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The cows have been turned out on cool-season grass and the yearlings need to be worked. FULL STORY »

Don't count on cold to kill parasites

Record-breaking snowfall and extremely cold temperatures have cow/calf producers excited for spring and all things that go with it: lush, green pastures; growing calves; and healthy cows. FULL STORY »

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