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 »

Beware of cold winter’s impact on calving, lactation periods

The harsh winter's effects on cow-calf operations may linger unless producers take the right measures to ensure their animals' nutritional needs are being properly met, according to an expert from Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. FULL STORY »

Winter conditions now could mean even higher beef costs later

The record-breaking arctic cold experienced throughout the region this winter could mean less productive breeding among beef cattle this spring. FULL STORY »

The third stage of calving: Shedding of fetal membranes

The process of “calving” or parturition in beef cattle is defined by three stages. Stage I occurs about 4 to 24 hours prior to calving. FULL STORY »

Cow-Calf Timely Tips - February 2014

Follow these cow-calf management tips to prepare your spring-calving herd. FULL STORY »

Raising versus buying heifers for beef cow replacement

A major cost for cow-calf producers is obtaining an adequate supply of acceptable heifers for replacements in the herd. Although most producers raise their own, purchasing replacements sometimes can be an attractive alternative. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: In search of good sires

Focusing on five traits within the Red Angus breed - birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, marbling score and rib-eye area - the Dickinson Research Extension Center has set a goal that the average value for herd sire expected progeny differences (EPDs) should meet or exceed the Red Angus breed average EPD values. FULL STORY »

What matters in heifer selection Play video

Animal scientist Jerry Lipsey, PhD, spent his career with breed associations and in academia. At this year’s Cattlemen’s College, he outlined some basic criteria for selecting replacement females that will contribute to productivity and profitability FULL STORY »

Signs of impending calving in cows or heifers

As the spring calving season approaches, the cows will show typical signs that will indicate parturition is imminent. FULL STORY »

Carefully considering your next herd bull

It isn’t too early to begin thinking about the upcoming spring bull buying season and assessing your needs to identify that next herd sire. FULL STORY »

Winter weather cattle management

Winter weather conditions have certainly hit with a vengeance this year, not only in South Dakota but in a wide swath of the cattle producing areas of the United States. FULL STORY »

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