Strategies to stamp out stable flies

Filth flies are a pain, especially stable flies that will travel several miles just to bite livestock, pets and people. They often attack the ankles and lower legs, inflicting sharp, stabbing bites. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Grass turnout date is more than a desire

Evidence of the calving season in the northern Great Plains is clear. All one needs to do is drive down any road and look at the pastures. You will see lots of calves bouncing around on warm days. FULL STORY »

Summer annuals help close seasonal gaps in forages

After an uncharacteristically brutal winter, spring in Arkansas is bringing green growth to the state. If cattle and other livestock have grazed through almost all forage on pasture land, there is a resource available for the upcoming summer months. FULL STORY »

Certified Animal Welfare Audits for farms: The leap

Although Certified Farm Animal Welfare Audits are not new, there seems to be a renewed interest by companies large and small to have the farms that supply them audited to a certified standard. FULL STORY »

BQA certification important part of the beef sector

More than 30 years ago, a grassroots effort that involved many people in the beef industry led to the development of a training program that provided beef producers with proper management techniques. The program, first titled “Beef Safety Assurance” and now called “Beef Quality Assurance” or BQA, helps raise consumer confidence in beef production. FULL STORY »

Beef producers benefit from smart technology

Today’s cattle producers have a variety of technological applications available on their smartphones, which are about the size of the little notebooks their predecessors once carried in their shirt pockets for record keeping. FULL STORY »

Consider strategies to compensate for drought-stressed pastures

The open winter left many producers with more hay left over than expected. Producers should consider saving some of that hay in case drought conditions continue to develop. FULL STORY »

Getting cattle down the road safely

Whether it’s a cattle tractor-trailer load of stocker steers being hauled to a feedyard, or a stock trailer moving cows to summer pasture, precaution must be taken into consideration when transporting cattle. FULL STORY »

Grass tetany, causes and prevention

Grass growth is starting and one potential problem that can be encountered early in the grazing season by livestock is grass tetany, sometimes called grass staggers. Grass tetany is caused by a low blood magnesium level in the affected animal. FULL STORY »

Nontoxic fescue varieties ready; produce more beef on fewer acres

Cattle producers facing fewer grazing acres for herd expansion can boost beef production with better grass. FULL STORY »

Corn procurement strategies for cattle feeders

Last fall's record-large 13.925 billion bushel corn crop drove prices down and helped restore profitability and optimism to the cattle feeding sector at the beginning of the year. FULL STORY »

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