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 »

Grass growing strategy for the rest of the year

The highs and lows of pasture growth over the past three years have shown one thing is for certain. Producers following a good pasture management strategy have a more consistent supply of forage than those that rely only on Mother Nature. FULL STORY »

Effect of weaning on forage intake of lactating cows

Weaning time for cow/calf producers is a time to harvest the fruits of a yearlong investment in time and effort to manage the cowherd to achieve that textbook goal of producing one calf per cow per year. FULL STORY »

Selecting cow/calf record keeping software

Before you buy computer software to keep cow/calf production records, you first need to decide what information you need to keep. Make a checklist that includes the items that you need. Include not only the necessities, but also those things that while not necessary, would be nice. FULL STORY »

Have cattle prices and lost grazing acres altered culling prices?

Management decisions relating to culling stock cows have increased dramatically in complexity under current market conditions. The January 1 USDA inventory of “all cows and heifers calved”, is the lowest total since 1941, indicating some potential for continued profitability in the cow/calf sector for several years to come. FULL STORY »

Shade reduces cattle heat stress

Cattle will naturally seek shade when the temperature and humidity rise. In many parts of the U.S., shade is a necessity for grazing animals to maintain optimal performance. FULL STORY »

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