Early weaning spring-born calves

The summer of 2012 has again diminished pastures and harvested forages. FULL STORY »

Wean right

Weaning calves on the ranch can pay, especially when low-stress methods help protect their health and performance. FULL STORY »

Should beef producers consider early weaning during drought?

Producers this summer in southern Wisconsin may want to consider early weaning as a strategy for dealing with drought conditions. FULL STORY »

Early weaning consideration – calf management

Early weaning is one practical management alternative that can be used to stretch your present forage supply and still return a profit. FULL STORY »

Early weaning consideration – Effects on cow performance

Early weaning calves should be considered every year, however, you may select to not wean early. Two common reasons for considering weaning early are to deal with poor range conditions and to improve the performance of the cows and calves. FULL STORY »

Prepare calves for a dry weaning season

This year is shaping up to be dry, though it’s not known if we will have as severe of a drought as last year. Some producers will need to early-wean calves in order to preserve as much forage as possible for cows. Others may be able to have a normal weaning time for their calves. FULL STORY »

Weaning fall-born calves (remember to plan for water needs)

Many cow/calf operations with fall-born calves will wean the calves in mid to late June. Weaning during very hot summer weather is stressful enough to the calves. FULL STORY »

Early weaning one tactic to cope with poor forage conditions

Early weaning is one tactic cattle producers might consider as their pastures begin to toast, said Shane Gadberry, associate professor-ruminant nutrition for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Late calving cows: Getting them back on track

To maintain an annual calving interval (≤ 365 days), conception must occur within 80 days of calving; however, the period of anestrus following calving is frequently greater than 60 days. FULL STORY »

Filling the gap to improve weaning weights

Without supplementation, cattle on grass are deficient of methionine, an amino acid. When methionine is lacking, growth and performance are limited – and cow-calf producers are missing profit potential. 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 »

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