Off-season bull management aids breeding success
By the time this is published in May, most ranchers in Texas and Oklahoma will have already turned their bulls out to the cow herd for the breeding season or will be preparing to do so. With this in mind, we should be looking ahead to managing the bulls once the breeding season is over. FULL STORY »
Warm weather ahead: Is your calf starter on par?
After one of the coldest winters in recent history, calf raisers may have learned a thing or two about how a calf’s environment affects energy demands. FULL STORY »
Is herd expansion underway?
The effects of many years of cattle herd liquidation and the inevitable decreases in beef production have become glaringly obvious in 2014. Cattle slaughter is down 6.3 percent leading to a 5.7 percent decrease in beef production so far this year. FULL STORY »
From the May issue of BoVet: Vitamin A deficiency in beef calves
Unlike many vitamins that are produced by ruminal bacteria, cattle have a requirement for vitamin A in the diet. Cattle convert carotene from leaves of plants to vitamin A in the wall of the small intestine. FULL STORY »
BeefTalk: Start your calf vaccinations now
As calving winds down and calves are settled with their mammas, the inevitable day will come when the calves need to get a round of vaccinations. FULL STORY »
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 »