Traits that add value to calves

Calving season is still underway for many ranches, but this is a good time to begin planning and preparing to receive top prices when those calves go to market. Since 1975, Pfizer Animal Health, in cooperation with Superior Livestock Auctions and King Data Services, has collected data on over 5,042,272 calves sold in 41,657 lots though Superior’s video auctions. FULL STORY »

Cow Calf Management: January timely tips

Check these management tips to help your cattle herd through the colder January weather. FULL STORY »

Condition-scoring beef cows

Most spring-born beef calves either have been weaned or will be weaned soon. Weaning is the time to start managing beef cows so that they are at the optimum body-condition score (BCS) before the start of the next calving season, said a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Pregnancy and calving percentages are stable

The main point is that the components of reproduction are very hard to pull out and fix. However, the sum of the pieces produces a calf at least 93.6 percent of the time for CHAPS (Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software) producers. FULL STORY »

Winter cattle feeding that doesn't break the bank

Feeding cattle in the winter can be the single, largest expense for producers. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture beef specialist Roy Burris said this year will not be an exception. FULL STORY »

Improving on a common synchronization protocol for heifers

Estrous synchronization and artificial insemination have potential to increase genetic improvement, calf uniformity and improve calf weaning weight in beef cattle operations. FULL STORY »

Integrity Beef Alliance: Marketing value-stacked calves

The beef cattle industry has several Value Added Calf (VAC) programs through which beef producers may market calves. The Integrity Beef Alliance is one such program. FULL STORY »

Predicting gains of backgrouding feeder calves

Last week the Eden Shale Experiment station weaned the spring-born calves. During an evening educational meeting, we looked at these calves and the chorus of the Separation ballad was being sung. FULL STORY »

How drought has impacted OQBN management Play video

Doug McKinney has an update on the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network and how drought has impacted OQBN management. FULL STORY »

Prepare cattle for a winter without parasites

Deworming cattle in fall helps maintain health and condition FULL STORY »

Feeding weaned calves during a pre-conditioning program

Many Oklahoma spring born calves have already been weaned and marketed due to drought conditions. Those calves that will be weaned at the more traditional time of late October/early November need a balanced and palatable diet to begin to eat on their own. FULL STORY »

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