Using Fiber for Cattle or Ethanol?

New technologies are available in the ethanol industry allowing the conversion of cellulose to ethanol as an advanced biofuel. Currently new cellulosic ethanol plants are being constructed to use fiber many cattlemen rely on as a feedstuff. FULL STORY »

Consider feeding hay to compensate for drought-stressed pastures

The open winter left many producers with more hay left over than expected. Producers should consider saving some of that hay in case drought conditions continue to develop. Despite receiving some rain or snow recently, most areas still are very dry below the surface. FULL STORY »

Watching bulls closely

The first of May is typically a date planned for turning bulls into the breeding pasture with spring-calving adult cows. A good manager keeps an eye on his bulls during the breeding season to make sure that they are getting the cows bred. FULL STORY »

U.S. Cattle on Feed down 1 percent

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.9 million head on April 1, 2014. The inventory was 1 percent below April 1, 2013. The inventory included 7.07 million steers and steer calves, up 2 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 65 percent of the total inventory. FULL STORY »

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Glenn Selk explains the importance of checking udder soundness in order to make culling decisions. 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 »

BeefTalk: Grass turnout date is more than a desire

Evidence of the calving season in the northern Great Plains is clear. All one needs to do is drive down any road and look at the pastures. You will see lots of calves bouncing around on warm days. FULL STORY »

Summer annuals help close seasonal gaps in forages

After an uncharacteristically brutal winter, spring in Arkansas is bringing green growth to the state. If cattle and other livestock have grazed through almost all forage on pasture land, there is a resource available for the upcoming summer months. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five Minutes with the Cliven Bundy fiasco

In the beginning, there were rumors and innuendo. Everyone sitting on the either of the political extremes seemed anxious to create a scenario around this patriotic American rancher/freeloading tax evader - you pick the definition that best fits your personal prejudices. 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 »

Transitioning newly purchased bulls

By now the task of selecting new herd sires has been largely completed. Now it’s time to shift focus towards management practices to make sure that the investments made in new herd sires will last for the long-term. FULL STORY »

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