Consider Maternal Calving Ease EPD for heifer retention

Though spring-born calves are a long way from weaning, it’s never too early to start studying which heifer calves will earn a trip to the keeper pen. For fall-borns, that decision is happening soon, if it hasn't already happened. FULL STORY »

Tips and preparation for safe cattle hauling

Now that pastures are starting to green up and calves are growing, many producers are getting ready to haul their cow/calf pairs to summer pastures. FULL STORY »

When to castrate calves could affect weight later on

Time always is a precious commodity, not to mention having the necessary labor available to work cattle before taking cow-calf pairs to pasture. In the case of castrating bull calves at an early age, what happens if you don't get that done at an early age, say before pasture turn-out, does it really affect the bottom line? FULL STORY »

Nebraska Cattle on Feed up 4%

Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.49 million cattle on feed on May 1. FULL STORY »

Texas Cattle on Feed down

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.43 million head on May 1, 2014, down 4 percent from a year ago. FULL STORY »

Kansas Cattle on Feed down 3 percent

Kansas feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.01 million cattle on feed on May 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. FULL STORY »

Using early weaning to survive the drying and trying times

Hot air swells across the land, sucking what little moisture is left out of the ground. It’s been days since a decent rain and much of the area is wilting away in a parched state. Amidst it all stands a rancher, looking out across the once flourishing paradise which will turn into a desiccate wasteland if rains don’t come. FULL STORY »

Reducing fly numbers on pastured cattle

As late spring approaches, livestock producers should evaluate and select pasture fly control options available for their specific management system. There are three fly species in Nebraska which could economically impact pastured livestock; the horn fly, face fly and stable fly. FULL STORY »

"The Winter of Our Discontent"?

Shakespeare must have been thinking about caring for beef cattle this past winter when he coined those words. As spring arrives, we can't help but feel some relief just to get past this tough winter weather. FULL STORY »

Economic advantages to implanting nursing calves

Many new technologies have been made available to the beef industry over the last 75 years. Few have the potential return on investment as do growth promoting implants for nursing calves. FULL STORY »

“Supershedders” role in spreading E. coli scrutinized

Though you can’t tell just by looking at them, some of the cattle grazing in a pasture, or noshing high-energy rations in a feedlot pen, may be “supershedders”—meaning they shed high levels of pathogenic Escherichia coli—such as E. coli O157:H7—in their manure. FULL STORY »

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