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 »

Taking action against coccidiosis

Coast to coast, every cattle operation is managed differently. However, every cattle operation has at least one thing in common – it’s infection with coccidia, the protozoa bug that can cause coccidiosis to rip through a calf crop. FULL STORY »

Nutritional considerations for fall calving

When is fall calving? As we talk to producers in Iowa, it seems some consider the fall-calving season to occur from August 15 – October 31, while others assume September 15 to November 1 is the right time frame. FULL STORY »

Prussic acid poisoning is a concern after a light frost

It was discovered in the early 1900s that under certain conditions sorghums are capable of releasing hydrocyanic acid or commonly called prussic acid. Prussic acid when ingested by cattle, is quickly absorbed into the blood stream, and blocks the animal's cells from utilizing oxygen. FULL STORY »

Beef cow culling: An opportunity

Is your herd on the natural culling cycle (i.e. animals dying of old age)? Is that old beef cow a “hard keeper” over winter and you just cannot keep weight on her? FULL STORY »

New initiative aims to provide year-round grazing system

During the spring and summer months, cattle graze on a sea of open pastures across the prairie, then in the fall fields begin to go dormant and ranchers typically substitute hay in place of grazing. This can be a pricey endeavor, but this has been the tried-and-true process used for decades. FULL STORY »

Annual Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference set for Dec. 2

Getting back to the basics of fundamentally sound ranch management will be the focus of the Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference, a joint effort between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. FULL STORY »

Profit strategies: Increasing the cow herd

There are a number of ways to increase the cow herd, some of which include saving heifers from your calf crop, buying young open heifers, buying bred heifers, buying young bred cows, buying pairs and, lastly, buying open cows. FULL STORY »

Are persistently infected cattle in your herd?

Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) is a contributor (along with others) to what is known as “shipping fever” complex or bovine respiratory disease (BRD). FULL STORY »

South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic scheduled Oct. 24

The 43rd annual South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic and Trade Show is scheduled Oct. 24 at the Washington County Fairgrounds sales facility in Brenham. FULL STORY »

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