Wet hay may cause barn fire

Hay that is baled and stored at a moisture level higher than recommended could heat up enough to start a barn fire, a Purdue Extension forage specialist warns. FULL STORY »

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Footrot

Summertime: Bulls are turned out with spring calving females on pasture for breeding, stocker cattle enjoy their last stop on grass before transitioning into the feedyard, and bred fall cows spend their days grazing without a care in the world – it’s almost like paradise. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf production/marketing alternatives with limited forage

Most all of Oklahoma received considerable rain from late May into early July. This resulted in much needed forage growth in all regions, including some of the worst drought areas. FULL STORY »

Follow BQA guidelines when treating and selling cows

Summer time often brings a few infectious ailments to beef cows. Common problems include eye infections and foot rot. Treatment of affected cows will often involve the use of antibiotics. FULL STORY »

2014 Eng Symposium to feature cow-calf production innovations

Though high cattle prices may tempt cattle producers to expand herds, rising prices for land, fuel and feed still have some reconsidering expansion, according to experts. FULL STORY »

Jump starting those late calving cows

Breeding season will be soon underway for the mid April and May calving cow herds. However, we all have some late calving cows that are less than 40 to 60 days postpartum. The question is how can we “jump start” some of those late calving cows to start cycling and move them up in the calving season? FULL STORY »

Time of day of harvest and impact on nitrate concentration

Forage sorghums are used by cattle producers for summer grazing or harvested for hay. Forage sorghums can be very productive and high quality, but can also accumulate toxic levels of nitrate when stressed. FULL STORY »

Pinkeye reduction in your dairy/beef herd

Pinkeye, also known as infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK) is a highly contagious disease, causing inflammation of the cornea (the clear outer layer) and conjunctiva (the pink membrane lining the eyelids) of the eye. FULL STORY »

Mixed emotions in the beef industry

The beef industry is experiencing a wide range of emotions at the current time. The level of excitement is obvious as cattle and beef prices have pushed even beyond record levels of earlier this year. FULL STORY »

Managing phosphorus in pastures

Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for plants, but too much can mean trouble for waterways. Phosphorus is critical to plant health and growth by helping the development of root and increasing resistance to disease. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Do the math

For those who do math, what is $713 minus $537? The answer is $176. Good numbers, especially for the cow-calf producer because the $713 indicates the amount of cash that cows have been able to generate after adjusting for replacements. The $537 indicates the recent costs to keep a cow for the year. FULL STORY »

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