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Aim for cool-season plants that produce a lot of volume
Feed costs represent over 60% of the total costs in a cow-calf production system. Get a forage crop in the ground for late-season grazing as soon as possible to help stretch those feed dollars into...
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Whether you're raising a small herd of cattle to sell or to use as beef for your table, it's important the animals grow at an economical rate. Dan Loy is an extension beef specialist at...
Make sure there's clean, fresh water in each paddock
Rotational grazing is raising livestock on a pasture that’s been divided into sections called paddocks. Animals are rotated between the subdivided areas to prevent overgrazing and let the...
Whether you’re thinking cattle, goats, sheep or chickens, it's important to learn about the spacial and nutritional requirements for each species. Here are some quick facts to help you decide...
It's more than successfully herding cattle
The term “stockmanship” is one of those words that’s hard to define. It’s usually associated with low-stress livestock handling while getting animals to do what you want them...
Prepare your bulls now for a great breeding season later. These three tips will help your bulls perform at top notch when needed.
Walk through your pasture and look for discarded car batteries
Cattle come down with a lot of different illnesses, but lead poisoning is preventable just by walking the pasture and picking up discarded car batteries, linoleum, and old caulking materials. Any age...
Pumpkin is a good source of energy and protein for beef cattle
After Halloween, the market for pumpkins takes a huge dive. Your pumpkin patch is probably littered with pumpkins that are broken or blemished, and others didn’t sell. They’re just left...
Cattle sometimes develop a condition that causes their hooves to grow abnormally
A hoof condition in cattle called 'curly toe syndrome' or 'corkscrew claw' is painful to the animal and causes lameness. The outside wall of the hoof grows faster than the inside wall...
Warts aren't usually harmful, but their appearance can cause problems
Warts are a common skin problem in young cattle. There are several types of bovine papilloma virus that cause warts, and they’re contagious in cattle herds. Dr. Mel Pence is a retired...