'We're drinking from the saucer . . .'

My grandparents' generation used to "saucer" their coffee to cool it. In fact, many tea drinkers did the same thing. FULL STORY »

Feeder calf preconditioning considerations Play video

Certainly this is the season for weaning calves. Considering their value, any hiccups in health or performance can be costly. FULL STORY »

Colostrum – baby’s first defense

“Whether you’re in a fall or spring calving herd, making sure newborn calves receive colostrum is absolutely essential,” says University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor and Extension Beef Specialist Rick Rasby. FULL STORY »

Managing the herd when pasture is limited

Consecutive years of drought could prompt beef cattle producers to find ways to unconventionally feed and manage their cow herds. One option when grass is limited is moving the herd to a confinement situation. FULL STORY »

Using Ionophores in replacement heifer diets

Interest in cow herd expansion has created added incentives to keep and breed replacement heifers. Some producers are attempting to rebuild their own herd that was downsized during drought. FULL STORY »

Fall Cattle Markets: Marketing Considerations

Cow-calf producers will sell weaned calves this fall for record revenues by a large margin (revenues are up $500-$550 per head over last year) and will, in the majority of situations, receive record profits, at least on a per head basis. FULL STORY »

Cattle nutrition rules of thumb allow quick estimation

Rules of thumb can be dangerous because they are simplified, generalized algorithms that we use instead of a more detailed, accurate calculation. Many times, however, rules of thumb are very useful when you need a quick estimate of a quantity or relationship. FULL STORY »

Open or problem cows and annual costs don't add up

Markets around the state are busy receiving calves from this past spring's calf crop and producers are reaping the benefits of a very strong market. The fall is an excellent time to evaluate your cow herd and decide which cows get to remain your "employees" and which ones need to find a new career. Notice that I referred to the cow as an employee. After all, they work for you. Yes, you have to provide them with the infrastructure to do their job including proper nutrition, health care, facilities, etc. However, if they are not being productive for you, they need to be replaced. FULL STORY »

Oklahoma October rain = wheat pasture = stocker demand

The formula is pretty simple. Winter wheat planting in Oklahoma this fall is ahead of normal pace and the best in several years. All that is lacking in many cases is a rain to get the wheat up or connect surface moisture with subsoil moisture and keep the wheat growing. FULL STORY »

Make time to body condition score cows

The old tractor still runs, but because the fuel gauge is busted, you have to keep checking to make sure it has enough fuel to continue working. And whether you realize it or not, your cows function similarly to that old tractor. FULL STORY »

Acclimating calves is important first step

Whether you are backgrounding your calves after weaning or a feedlot bringing in new calves, acclimating those calves into the feedlot can be beneficial. FULL STORY »

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