Glenn Selk

Look back at calving season and start to make improvements now

Only 1 to 2 months ago the spring calving cows were calving, the temperatures were colder and the calving pastures were covered with muck and manure. FULL STORY »

One calving season versus two calving seasons

The beef industry has seen a “down-sizing” due to the drought affecting many cow herds. Much has been written and spoken about the need to “rebuild the cow herd.” FULL STORY »

Signs of impending calving in cows or heifers

As the spring calving season begins, the cows will show typical signs that will indicate parturition is imminent. FULL STORY »

Nitrate toxicity and the first winter snow storm

Almost as predictable as the coming of the winter season will be the quickly spread horror story of the death of several cows from a herd that was fed "the good hay" for the first time after the snow storm. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Utilizing mineral supplements Play video

Glenn Selk tells producers how to utilize mineral supplements to prevent grass tetany in cattle grazing on wheat pasture. FULL STORY »

Mineral program for cows on wheat pasture

Many Oklahoma cow calf producers will use wheat pasture as a major source of winter feed for beef cows. FULL STORY »

Growing bred replacement heifers

Bred replacement heifers that will calve in January and February need to continue to grow and maintain body condition. FULL STORY »

The impact of hot weather on bull fertility

Several research trials have been conducted throughout the years looking at the effect of high temperatures on bull fertility. Certainly that research has importance to many Southern Plains cattlemen in the summer of 2012. FULL STORY »

Heat stress can reduce pregnancy rates

The effects of heat stress on reproductive performance of beef cows have been discussed by many animal scientists in a variety of ways. FULL STORY »

This year test the forage before you cut!

Summer has definitely arrived in Oklahoma! Hot dry summer weather brings about heat and drought stress on summer annuals. FULL STORY »

Sorting out beef production data

Cattle producers and market analysts alike are trying to sort out seemingly conflicted data on beef production to understand what to expect in the coming weeks. Year to date cattle slaughter is down 4.8 percent but feedlot marketings this year are down only slightly. Carcass weights are well above year ago levels despite near record feed costs that should minimize the incentives to hold cattle. Moreover, high proportions of current feedlot marketings are feeders placed at light weights which should also imply lighter finishing weights. FULL STORY »

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