Working cattle safely and efficiently this spring

Application of most economically important management practices to commercial cowcalf operations require up close interaction with the cattle. Several of these jobs are carried out during the upcoming months. FULL STORY »

Protecting your calving investment

Beef producers faced calving challenges this winter due to historic cold weather. Producers and veterinarians reported that some cows simply lay down and gave up this winter when it came time to calve. FULL STORY »

Make a record of twins

Estimates of the percentage of beef cattle births that produce twins vary. One estimate (Gilmore) puts the percentage at about 0.5 percent or 1 in every 200 births. Approximately one-half of the sets of twins should contain both a bull and a heifer calf. FULL STORY »

Beef herd expansion threatened in the coming weeks

It’s April and pastures are, or should be, greening up in the southern half of the country. However, cold weather this spring has delayed pasture development in many areas. FULL STORY »

Cattle producers need to watch out for grass tetany

With spring finally arriving pastures are beginning to green up. For most cattle producers, that is a welcome event that leads to less reliance on feeding hay. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Feeder cattle sold higher Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle sold 1.00-4.00 higher with thinner- fleshed stockers suitable for grass selling up to 8.00 higher near the major grazing regions. FULL STORY »

Prevent scours, a cause of losses in newborn livestock

With calving, lambing and kidding seasons in full swing, livestock producers should be mindful of diarrhea, commonly called scours in livestock, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. FULL STORY »

Evaluating bulls prior to turnout

High prices are providing an incentive to cattlemen to expand the nation’s drought-riddled cow herd. With fewer cows in the nation’s breeding herd, it is important to make each cow count, said a University of Illinois Extension beef specialist. FULL STORY »

“More of the Same” on cattle operations

The phrase “more of the same” gives an impression of a lack of progress, not changing from the status quo or not improving. More of the same can mean not adopting new technologies or not adapting to current and projected conditions and, in that sense, can be detrimental on cattle operations. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: A Teachable Moment

If the weather can impact calving, the phone will ring and people will want to know how calving is going. For years, I was able to detail the daily struggles and offer words of encouragement. FULL STORY »

2014 Nebraska ranch practicum accepting applications

The 2014 Nebraska Ranch Practicum gives ranchers cutting edge research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Natural resources, livestock management and economic reality are integrated throughout the Practicum. FULL STORY »

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