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Profit Tips: Effect of corn processing on feedlot performance

Steam flaking corn helps cattle feeders improve digestibility and availability of starch in feedlot rations, and processing corn to lighter densities generally improves digestibility compared with processing to heavier densities. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: App helps monitor heat-stress risk

Besides just being hot outside, a number of weather factors including humidity, wind speed, nighttime temperatures and the duration of high temperatures contribute to the risk of heat stress in livestock. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Selecting for stayability

In today’s cow-calf production environment with high replacement and development costs for females, the ability of a cow to produce a calf every year and remain in the herd for an extended time becomes increasingly valuable. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Keep hungry cows at bay

Hungry cattle come running when they hear the sound of that tractor or feed truck. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Tips for drying hay

Although drying time for hay is affected by forage species, environmental conditions, cut height and swath width, Ohio State University Extension educator Clif Little says a good management plan can make a big difference in hay quality. “Proper tedding, raking and equipment care are just some of the steps producers can take to reduce drying time and produce high-quality hay,” he says. “Cutting and drying hay quickly is always important, especially with everything being a little behind this year because of the planting season. Feed prices are high, so anything producers can do to produce quality hay is a benefit.” Little offers the following tips for protecting your hay quality: FULL STORY »

Profit Tip: Tips for limit-feeding pairs

Due to the ongoing drought conditions, residual forage, soil moisture, hay production and 2013 grass growth continue to be severely limited in some areas. In order to reduce grazing pressure producers might consider limit-feeding cow-calf pairs in confinement. This can be a viable option, says University of Nebraska cow-calf range management specialist Karla Jenkins, PhD. But she says there are several management considerations that need to be addressed. Confinement options include a winter feed ground, pivot corners, crop ground or a feedlot. Each pair in confinement will need at least 350 to 400 square feet of space. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: clover helps keep cattle cool

Adding clover and warm-season grasses to fescue pastures has helped Michael Jones minimize the effect of endophyte-infected fescue. “Grazing these additions in summer helps keep the cows from over-heating from the infected fescue,” he says. Jones utilizes a management-intensive grazing system on his North Carolina farm, and he’s added clover and native warm season grasses such as eastern gammagrass to his pastures. The forages in these photos will be grazed until the last week of August when the cows will be removed. The pastures are then rested until late fall or early winter when the cows are brought back for grazing stockpiled forage. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Be careful out there

Long hours are part of the farming and ranching profession, especially during busy planting, haying and harvest seasons. But that’s when injuries can sneak in, says Kent McGuire, an Ohio State University Extension ag safety educator and Ohio AgrAbility Program coordinator. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: pre-breeding nutrition affects fertility

Measuring the effect of nutrition on reproduction can be difficult, says University of Nebraska beef reproductive specialist Rick Funston, PhD. “An animal’s nutritional status is usually assessed on changes in its live weight and body condition. However, these are long-term changes, while many of the events of reproduction, such as ovulation, fertilization and placentation, take only a short time,” he says. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Equipment - Easy pen access

Opening and closing gates when entering a cattle pen is a tiresome chore, especially during times of peak activity such as calving season. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Pasture Management - Consider seeding legumes

Adding legumes such as clovers or alfalfa to grass pastures can provide multiple benefits, say University of Wisconsin Extension specialists. FULL STORY »

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