Harvest height for native grass forages

Native grasses have relatively low fertility requirements. The reason for this nutrient efficiency is not fully understood, but the high volume of underground organic matter produced by the vigorous root systems of these plants may be part of the explanation. FULL STORY »

Breeding soundness exam: Insurance for your breeding season

I received this call a couple of weeks ago. I seem to receive calls similar to this one 6-8 times each year. This particular rancher had just finished getting his cows diagnosed for pregnancy. FULL STORY »

Consider strategies 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. FULL STORY »

April – Time to get ready to breed spring-calving beef heifers

April is the time for ranchers to think about the upcoming breeding season. Most cattle producers breed their cows in June so they will calve in March and April, but heifers should be bred 20 to 30 days before the rest of the herd. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Are 60 percent calving in first 21 days?

Just do it: Grab a pen and paper to calculate the percentage of cows calving in the first 21 days of the calving season. This is a very important number to record and think about as one develops management plans and reviews those plans. FULL STORY »

Weather will drive cattle inventory dynamics

Drought continues to parch most of the West and Southwest United States and appears to be spreading farther east and north into the Southern and Central Plains. The winter rainy season in California and the Southwest was disappointing at best, portending another drought year. The rainy season for the Plains usually begins about mid-April and continues through mid-June. FULL STORY »

The cost of not testing a bull

The cow-calf business is an intricate business with many moving parts. Some of the moving parts are constantly in motion while others are seasonal in nature. FULL STORY »

Health and nutrition go hand in hand

There are many aspects to keeping a herd of cattle healthy. Vaccinations, worming, etc. are often what we think of. But if you want your calves to be born healthy next year and your cows to remain healthy and productive, nutrition is as important as anything. FULL STORY »

Beef Herd Expansion: More fencing, choose supplies carefully

Wood prices are predicted to reach record highs by the end of 2014. This is due to timber-supply shortages related to environmental factors such as heavy rainfall. The increasing demand for wood products as the economy and housing markets begin to recover also plays a large part in rising prices. With low supply and increasing demand, the wood product industry and its consumers are facing price hikes on wood everywhere. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: Grass tetany, causes and prevention

Grass growth is starting and one potential problem that can be encountered early in the grazing season by livestock is grass tetany, sometimes called grass staggers. Grass tetany is caused by a low blood magnesium level in the affected animal. FULL STORY »

Getting cattle down the road safely

Whether it’s a cattle tractor-trailer load of stocker steers being hauled to a feedyard, or a stock trailer moving cows to summer pasture, precaution must be taken into consideration when transporting cattle. FULL STORY »

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