Jump starting those late calving cows

Breeding season will be soon underway for the mid April and May calving cow herds. However, we all have some late calving cows that are less than 40 to 60 days postpartum. The question is how can we “jump start” some of those late calving cows to start cycling and move them up in the calving season? FULL STORY »

Time of day of harvest and impact on nitrate concentration

Forage sorghums are used by cattle producers for summer grazing or harvested for hay. Forage sorghums can be very productive and high quality, but can also accumulate toxic levels of nitrate when stressed. FULL STORY »

Pinkeye reduction in your dairy/beef herd

Pinkeye, also known as infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK) is a highly contagious disease, causing inflammation of the cornea (the clear outer layer) and conjunctiva (the pink membrane lining the eyelids) of the eye. FULL STORY »

Mixed emotions in the beef industry

The beef industry is experiencing a wide range of emotions at the current time. The level of excitement is obvious as cattle and beef prices have pushed even beyond record levels of earlier this year. FULL STORY »

Managing phosphorus in pastures

Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for plants, but too much can mean trouble for waterways. Phosphorus is critical to plant health and growth by helping the development of root and increasing resistance to disease. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Do the math

For those who do math, what is $713 minus $537? The answer is $176. Good numbers, especially for the cow-calf producer because the $713 indicates the amount of cash that cows have been able to generate after adjusting for replacements. The $537 indicates the recent costs to keep a cow for the year. FULL STORY »

Young calves, summer heat, and water consumption

Many producers have found calving in late spring or summer allows them to match their feed resources to the cow’s nutrient requirements better than spring calving. Producers who choose to calve at this time need to also consider the water requirements of young calves during the heat of summer. FULL STORY »

Don’t get blindsided by anaplasmosis

The golden days of summer are finally here! No more fighting snow, ice and mud to feed the cows every day. Calves are bucking and playing while their mothers fatten on the best forage of the year. FULL STORY »

Don’t put away the calving book just yet

It’s only natural as the season shifts to summer to focus on the immediate tasks at hand such as harvesting feed, monitoring the cattle on pasture, and beginning to prepare for weaning calves this fall. However, summer is a great opportunity to take one more look at the calving records as a way to measure and improve herd management. FULL STORY »

Fly control/pinkeye prevention needs to be continuous

With the grazing season well underway, most cattlemen have strategically planned their fly control program, focused primarily on pinkeye prevention. Obviously, cow/calf comfort and increased production are always considerations of fly-control programs but anyone who has witnessed the results of a pinkeye outbreak knows the discomfort and lost performance that occur. FULL STORY »

Jump starting those late calving cows

Breeding season will be soon underway for the mid April and May calving cow herds. However, we all have some late calving cows that are less than 40 to 60 days postpartum. The question is how can we “jump start” some of those late calving cows to start cycling and move them up in the calving season? FULL STORY »

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