Extended drought raises potential health issues

The extended drought being experienced across most of Kansas has reacquainted livestock producers and veterinarians with many drought-related problems. FULL STORY »

September beef management calendar

Follow these beef management tips for your spring and fall calving herds. FULL STORY »

The economic value of value-added programs for beef calves

K-State livestock economist Ted Schroeder summarizes two new K-State studies, which together provide a clearer idea of the economic value of value-added programs for beef calves FULL STORY »

Preconditioning Beef Calves: The numbers don’t lie!

Calf preconditioning reduce calf health risk, encourages repeat buying and increases farm income. FULL STORY »

Preparing calves for their future

Cattle handling early on can affect your long term reputation as a supplier of highly sought after feeder cattle. FULL STORY »

Cattle management techniques to help producers during volatility

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner shares information he presented at the recent K-State Beef Conference on ranch management in persistent drought conditions, with an emphasis on supplemental feeding management and limit-feeding beef cows. FULL STORY »

Fenceline low stress weaning

Spring calving herds across the Midwest and Southwest will soon be planning to wean the calves. Some producers may wean the calves from young or thin cows during late September in order to regain some body condition before winter adds to the nutrient requirements. FULL STORY »

Kindergarteners and calves: An unlikely association

Anyone who has been around a group of kindergarteners knows that sniffles and coughing are commonplace. While there may not be a way to prevent this, for weaned calves facing the same “kindergarten effect,” preconditioning can help reduce morbidity. FULL STORY »

Early weaning spring-born calves

The summer of 2011 has caused many Southern Plains cow calf herds to be culled extensively or sold out completely. FULL STORY »

How weaning management can get calves off to the right start for stockering

Weaning can be a very stressful event in the life of a calf. It is not uncommon for calves to be weaned abruptly, separating the calf from the cow and immediately moving the calf to some new environment away from its dam. FULL STORY »

Tips for managing cattle in drought from Noble Foundation consultants

Early weaning of calves is a common drought management practice. Removing calves from cows at approximately 300 pounds or 75 days of age decreases cow nutritional requirements and gives producers the ability to stretch limited forage resources. FULL STORY »

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