Profit Tips

Profit Tips: Animal health - Avoid prussic acid poisoning

Iowa State University veterinarian Grant Dewell and Extension forage specialist Steve Barnhart note that fall frost can bring a risk of prussic acid poisoning for cattle consuming certain forages, particularly sorghum, sudangrass and related species. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Nutrition - Managing bunks for feed intake

Researchers at Colorado State University recently completed a trial measuring intake levels in feedlot steers in a “slick-bunk” system compared with systems that keep feed in bunks through the day. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Reproduction - Beef Reproduction Task Force materials online

The Beef Reproduction Task Force consists of Extension specialists from nine land-grant universities. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Events - 2011 Range Beef Cow Symposium

The University of Nebraska hosts this year’s Range Beef Cow Symposium Nov. 29–Dec. 1 in Mitchell, Neb. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Nutrition - Select bale feeders to reduce waste

Wasted feed is a problem anytime, but during a drought year with high hay prices, reducing waste becomes even more critical. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Cow-calf - Capitalize on the potential of long-lasting antimicrobials

Daniel Scruggs, a veterinarian with Pfizer Animal Health, notes that multiple viral and bacterial agents contribute to bovine respiratory disease in a bewildering array of combinations. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Nutrition - Reduce losses with smaller hay deliveries

Round bales fed in the field can result in hay losses as high as 43 percent, according to University of Missouri specialists. The good news is that there are several methods producers can use to minimize those losses FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Cow-calf - Use fall processing to reduce feed costs

With feed costs a dominant factor in cow-calf profitability, weaning and fall processing is a good time to evaluate cows and make culling and management decisions, says Kansas State University cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber, PhD. Culling FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Reproduction - Check bulls after hot summer

This year’s uncommonly hot summer, particularly in the southern Plains region, could affect bull performance in fall-calving herds, according to Oklahoma State University Extension emeritus animal scientist Glenn Selk, PhD. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Equipment - Animal stake-out

Staking out an animal such as a show steer is not worry-free. Titus Nolt devised a staking system that prevents wrapping the chain around the stake or pulling it out of the ground. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Equipment - Quick mount for utility vehicles

Utility vehicles are finding increased use for a variety of chores on farms and ranches across America. Joel Hofer uses his utility vehicle to transport a tank to feed calves in indoor hutches on the family’s 500-cow dairy. FULL STORY »

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