Lameness in Cattle: Causes associated with injury

Most cattle in feedlots and pastures are exposed to many potential causes of injury. If cattle can successfully avoid getting hurt from feedbunks, fences, corral panels, waterers and other equipment, there are always other herdmates to present a potential hazard (e.g., bulls fighting with each other). FULL STORY »

Cow disposition affects pregnancy rate

Now we have another good excuse to cull cows due to bad temperament. Producers that routinely breed cows artificially realize that cows that are unruly and nervous are less likely to conceive to artificial insemination. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: All-time record high prices defy gravity Play video

Compared to last week, feeder and stocker cattle sold 2.00-5.00 higher with instances from 8.00-10.00 higher throughout the United States. Some of the sharpest advances were noted on heavy feeders weighing over 800 lbs. FULL STORY »

Beta Agonists Part 1: Working to resolve the issue

The Cattle Industry Summer Conference usually is a fairly quiet, policy- and business-focused event, but now and then something happens to shake things up. That was the case last August in Denver, when the feed additive Zilmax quickly became the hot topic of discussion. FULL STORY »

Strategic deworming can pad producer profits, improve herd health

Regardless of one’s location throughout the United States, a common goal among all cow-calf producers is wean a healthy calf crop each year. An important step in that process is controlling internal parasites throughout the herd. FULL STORY »

Iowa Beef Center offers online heifer development resources

With the cow herd at the smallest level since 1962, recent moderation in grain prices, and optimism for growth in domestic and export demand, the stage is set for expansion of the national beef cow herd. FULL STORY »

Strategies to stamp out stable flies

Filth flies are a pain, especially stable flies that will travel several miles just to bite livestock, pets and people. They often attack the ankles and lower legs, inflicting sharp, stabbing bites. FULL STORY »

How did your herd bull make it through the winter?

Did your herd bull receive any concern during the long cold winter we have experienced? Probably most of the concerns were directed toward the cow herd and calves. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa weevil survived winter, larvae threaten first-cutting hay Play video

“Alfalfa fields face a double hit by weevils this spring. There are more adult weevils than I’ve ever seen,” says Wayne Bailey. FULL STORY »

Additional funding for small and midsized farmer and ranchers

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional support and resources for America's small and midsized farmers and ranchers. The announcement includes $7 million in university research awards in support of small and midsized producers. FULL STORY »

Forage availability and its costs

With spring green-up slowly occurring nationwide, hay production will be starting soon if it has not already begun. The droughts that have affected much of the country over the past few years have strained forage production and hay stocks. FULL STORY »

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