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 »

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 »

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 »

Early weaning during drought makes sense

The drought of 2011 is turning out to be one of the worst on record. Most Texas and Oklahoma producers are looking for things that they can do to save what little forage they have and to conserve the amount of hay and feed they will need until green-up next spring. 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 »

August beef management calendar

Keep your cattle healthy through the dog days of summer FULL STORY »

Timing and method of castration and stocker performance

It is no secret that, among feeder calves, intact bull calves are discounted relative to steers. Buyers know that the process of castration affects animal health, performance, and profitability. FULL STORY »

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