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 »

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 »

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