Footrot can be more problematic in wet years

Footrot is generally caused by common bacteria found in the soil. The resulting lameness will reduce mobility, weight gain and reproductive reproductive performance. FULL STORY »

Drones draw interest to crop scouting and other new farm uses

Remote sensors can play a big part of farming in the future. Those sensors can be on a 10-foot pole or a satellite 250 miles out in space. FULL STORY »

Genomics enhance beef cattle breeding

Selecting breeding animals on how they look, by phenotype, worked for centuries. Progress in improving cattle was made just on appearance. FULL STORY »

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Fly control

Frustrating and at times hard to kill, fly control offers many benefits to cattle producers. The buzzing pests are the carriers of bacteria and disease, such as anaplasmosis – a cow killing, weight dropping, aborting and bull infertility nightmare. FULL STORY »

Stockpiled bermudagrass can reduce winter feed costs

Harvested forage costs are a large part of the production costs associated with cow-calf enterprises. An Oklahoma State University trial had the objective to economically evaluate stockpiled bermudagrass. FULL STORY »

Hot cattle market brings tough decisions

Recently, the cattle markets have been as hot as the mid-July temperatures. While the high prices generate lots of questions, the main ones being asked now are: 1) should I sell my calves at weaning, and 2) what is the most economical alternative for replacement females? FULL STORY »

Alternative culling method increases profits

By summer, cow-calf producers start thinking about weaning their spring calf crop and how best to manage and market older, unproductive and open cull cows. FULL STORY »

Are your brood cows getting pregnant?

It’s cattle breeding season for many beef cow-calf producers. Do you know if your bulls are settling cows? FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Nitrate levels in summer annuals Play video

Glenn Selk looks at nitrate levels in summer annuals when cut at different times of day. FULL STORY »

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Pinkeye

Pinkeye in cattle is most commonly caused by the Moraxella bovis (M. bovis) bacteria, but there are other species like M. bovis’ younger sister, Moraxella bovoculi, that can come into play – and they’re not all covered by the same treatments. FULL STORY »

Wet hay may cause barn fire

Hay that is baled and stored at a moisture level higher than recommended could heat up enough to start a barn fire, a Purdue Extension forage specialist warns. FULL STORY »

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