Check udder soundness before making culling decisions Play video

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 »

Marbling and functional cows Play video

Scott Greiner, Virginia Tech Extension animal scientist, recently co-authored a research review that looked at the relationship between marbling and maternal function. FULL STORY »

Meeting the cows’ nutritional needs after calving

How to address the nutritional needs of a cow herd after calving is critically important to have a successful start to next year’s calf crop. To maintain a 365-day calving interval then re-breeding has to occur 82 days after calving. FULL STORY »

BQA certification important part of the beef sector

More than 30 years ago, a grassroots effort that involved many people in the beef industry led to the development of a training program that provided beef producers with proper management techniques. The program, first titled “Beef Safety Assurance” and now called “Beef Quality Assurance” or BQA, helps raise consumer confidence in beef production. FULL STORY »

Short term calf removal

Cows that were in marginal body condition score at calving may benefit slightly from the management practice called “short term calf removal”. “Short-term calf removal” is the term that describes the temporary physical separation of the calf from its mother. FULL STORY »

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