Cattle nutrition rules of thumb allow quick estimation

Rules of thumb can be dangerous because they are simplified, generalized algorithms that we use instead of a more detailed, accurate calculation. Many times, however, rules of thumb are very useful when you need a quick estimate of a quantity or relationship. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: Frosted forage precautions

Several forage species can be extremely toxic soon after a frost and deadly to livestock if consumed. FULL STORY »

Oklahoma October rain = wheat pasture = stocker demand

The formula is pretty simple. Winter wheat planting in Oklahoma this fall is ahead of normal pace and the best in several years. All that is lacking in many cases is a rain to get the wheat up or connect surface moisture with subsoil moisture and keep the wheat growing. FULL STORY »

Make time to body condition score cows

The old tractor still runs, but because the fuel gauge is busted, you have to keep checking to make sure it has enough fuel to continue working. And whether you realize it or not, your cows function similarly to that old tractor. FULL STORY »

Prussic acid poisoning is a concern after a light frost

It was discovered in the early 1900s that under certain conditions sorghums are capable of releasing hydrocyanic acid or commonly called prussic acid. Prussic acid when ingested by cattle, is quickly absorbed into the blood stream, and blocks the animal's cells from utilizing oxygen. FULL STORY »

New initiative aims to provide year-round grazing system

During the spring and summer months, cattle graze on a sea of open pastures across the prairie, then in the fall fields begin to go dormant and ranchers typically substitute hay in place of grazing. This can be a pricey endeavor, but this has been the tried-and-true process used for decades. FULL STORY »

Utilizing cornstalks despite wet weather

Excess rain causes leaching of nutrients available in cornstalks. It also decreases palatability of the crop residue. Lower intakes of a less nutritious feed will result in poorer animal performance. FULL STORY »

Grain storage bags could be solution for some farmers

With record corn crops expected this year, farmers are looking for alternative storage to silos and storage bins to safely store extra crops. FULL STORY »

Sorting cows for more efficient winter supplemental feeding

First calf heifers have historically been the toughest females on the ranch to get rebred. They are being asked to continue to grow, produce milk, repair the reproductive tract, and have enough stored body energy (fat) to return to heat cycles in a short time frame. FULL STORY »

Identifiy and eliminate weeds in hay and pasture fields Play video

Highly productive pastures and hay fields do not happen just by accident. Weed and pest control, nutrient management and properly timed harvests all have their role. FULL STORY »

Moldy corn and corn silages Q&A

We have been starting to receive some reports of corn having some mold and along with some stalk rot in certain areas. It might be helpful then to answer some common asked questions. FULL STORY »

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