What will drive the next cow herd expansion?

With cattle inventory at levels not seen since the early 1960's and a massive corn crop in the bin from 2013, it seems appropriate to evaluate the future of US cattle numbers. Numerous factors have affected cattle numbers over the last several years and undoubtedly those, FULL STORY »

Has she come into heat?

Success in the cow-calf industry is dependent on the females’ ability to produce a calf annually. Managing the postpartum interval, or the time between calving and when she comes into heat, is important for maintaining your yearly calving interval. FULL STORY »

Oklahoma Gold or Oklahoma Super Gold summer replacement heifers

Fall born replacement heifers have been (or soon will be) weaned and will be at a very critical growing period. It is important that they grow at about 1.5 pounds per day from weaning until the start of the breeding season. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Not all bulls are herd bulls

Most bulls can fill feedlot pens, but some are herd bulls and some are neither. Every year, the competition in the bull pen gets tougher, so some bulls need to leave. FULL STORY »

Watch your step: Recognizing common bovine hoof diseases

Warmer weather and wet conditions can create the perfect environment for lameness-inducing bacterial infections in cattle. Gregg Hanzlicek, veterinarian with Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, shares his tips for preventing, identifying and treating two hoof diseases. FULL STORY »

Locomotion scoring: Speaking a common language

When producers identify lame animals in the herd, it is helpful to consult with a veterinarian using a common language to describe the observed signs of lameness. FULL STORY »

Should I creep feed?

This time of year, cattle producers begin to ask ‘Should I creep feed my calves?’ The answer isn’t as simple as yes or no. FULL STORY »

Closely monitor medicated mineral intake

Medicated minerals are available and frequently used to help prevent the blood-born disease, anaplasmosis. A consistent and appropriate intake of the mineral is critical to a successful anaplasmosis prevention program. FULL STORY »

2014 calf marketing considerations

Calf prices are at record levels and will remain very strong the remainder of 2014 and beyond. Cow-calf producers will enjoy record revenues and, for many, record net returns for the cow-calf enterprise. FULL STORY »

Temperament and cattle performance

How important is it to cull those cows with excitable temperaments? Being a ‘good mother’ can be an important trait in a cow for protecting her calf, being too aggressive can have negative consequences. FULL STORY »

Cow-Calf Corner: Benefits of a spring and fall calving season Play video

Glenn Selk considers the potential benefits of having both a spring and fall calving season on your ranch. FULL STORY »

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