Feeder calf buyers want preconditioned calves

A survey of buyers at the October 2012 West Branch Feeder Calf Sale shows that buyers value weaned and vaccinated calves. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Pregnancy evaluation is a key management tool

Next year's planning is under way. Everything is upbeat, and the cows and bulls even get a blue ribbon. FULL STORY »

Fall feeding and management for spring calving beef herds

Weaning and winter feeding planning after drought. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Importance of longer weaning period Play video

Glenn Selk discusses the importance of following VAC-45 protocol prior to selling calves. FULL STORY »

Why is 45 day weaning so important to feeder calf health?

Most of the “value-added” calf sales require that the calves are weaned at least 45 days prior to sale date. Some cow calf producers may wonder why the post-weaning period needs to be so lengthy. FULL STORY »

Light weight calf management

Early weaning of beef calves is a powerful management tool for dealing with drought and feed shortages. FULL STORY »

Evaluate your nutrition program by looking at calving records

Take time now to evaluate your nutrition program for the spring-calving cows. A way to do that is to evaluate the reproductive performance of the cow herd because reproduction is so closely linked to body condition of the cows and body condition is linked to the nutrition program. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Drought strategy: Wean the calf, salvage the cow

Everyone is tired of hearing about drought. The skies are stark blue, usually considered nice, but most would appreciate some clouds and rain. FULL STORY »

Weaning and receiving calf management

The nutritionists and consultants at Great Plains Livestock Consulting Inc., Eagle, Neb., offer these recommendations for weaning and receiving calves. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Colostrum necessary to newborn calf Play video

Glenn Selk explains why newborn calves should receive colostrum as soon as possible. FULL STORY »

Management and culling strategies for cows during drought

With water and feed resources for cattle limited by hot, dry weather, management and selective culling is important to maintain a viable herd and maximize performance of the limited resources. FULL STORY »

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