Shorten the breeding season to increase calf value
This may be the summer to finally do something about that long breeding and calving season in your cow herd. FULL STORY »
Choosing the estrous synchronization protocol For your AI program
Beef producers that use artificial insemination in their breeding program use estrus synchronization to better utilize their labor resources both during breeding and calving seasons. FULL STORY »
Passive immune status 24 hours post-calving
Animal and veterinary scientists working at the USDA experiment station at Clay Center, Nebraska monitored health events and growth performance in a population of range beef calves in order to identify associations of these factors with passive immune status. FULL STORY »
Keeping good records can ease the pain of a disaster
Spring time is thunderstorm season across the Plains. Spring storms occasionally bring severe winds or even tornadoes. FULL STORY »
Re-warming methods for severely cold-stressed newborn calves
Several years ago, an Oklahoma rancher called to tell of the success he had noticed in using a warm water bath to revive new born calves that had been severely cold stressed. A quick check of the scientific data on that subject bears out his observation. FULL STORY »
BeefExtension.com Website Is A Source Of Research-Based Information
Cattle producers now have an excellent tool in their “resource toolbox”. Oklahoma State University extension animal scientists have maintained an educational website designed to be a “one-stop shopping” destination for Oklahoma beef cattle producers.
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Cattle Management Ideas To Accomplish Night Time Feeding (To Encourage Day Time Calving)
Research and ranch experience has shown that the management procedure of feeding pregnant cows late in the day (or even better in the evening) has decreased the percentage of cows calving during the middle of the night. FULL STORY »
Night Time Versus Day Time Feeding Influences Time Of Calving
It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality. Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the use of larger beef breeds and cattle with larger birth weights. FULL STORY »
Prepare Before Calving Season Begins
Before the spring calving season gets started, now is a good time to make the necessary preparations that will come in handy when the first heifer needs help in the middle of the night. Here are some tasks that should be easier to do now when the there is ample time to get the job done.
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Cattle Feeding: How Much Hay Do I Need to Feed?
Calculating the amount of hay that is needed on both a short term and over the course of an entire winter are mathematical exercises that are required on any cow calf enterprise. FULL STORY »
Cattle Herd: How Many Heifers To Keep?
Much is currently being written about the need to re-grow the nation’s cow herd. Individual ranches must make the decisions about heifer retention based upon factors that directly affect their bottom-line. FULL STORY »