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With autumn upon us, that means winter is just around the corner. Check out these five steps to help keep livestock happy and healthy during the upcoming chilly season.
Cattle can be convinced to control weeds in your pasture
Goats and sheep are used to control weeds. If they can do it, why not cows? They’re smart animals. Kathy Voth is a veteran of the Bureau of Land Management and has spent the past decade...
They aren't miniature cows; they're full beef animals, only smaller.
American Lowline cattle are a great fit for a small acreage owner who wants to raise beef but doesn't have a lot of space. Lowlines are related to the Angus breed but more compact, with shorter...
Prices for 550-pound calves are expected to average $180 per hundredweight.
Good spring conditions could mean a strong cattle market in 2016, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist David Anderson. He says aside from areas where there has...
This Alabama couple focuses on a healthy diet through the care of their animals
As you get older, hitting the “big 5-0” can bring new opportunities in life. Greg and Janie Dennis bought a commercial broiler farm in Ranburne, Alabama. They ran it for a couple of years...
Lower the animals' anxiety and keep your blood pressure down
Livestock have a keen sense of hearing – and a good memory. Loud voices and yelling can scare them more than clanging gates, and they’ll remember you the next time you want them to do...
Bucket calves are a good choice for a 4-H or FFA project
At my county fair, raising bucket calves is a popular program and gets kids interested in livestock. The calves are usually purchased when they’re 1-to-10 days old from dairy or beef producers...
It's more common than you think
We don’t often think of cattle as becoming infected with rabies, but it does happen and producers need to be aware of that. Wildlife such as skunks, raccoons, and foxes are typical carriers of...
Add flexibility to your cattle-grazing program with sorghum
The pasture-grazing season is just around the corner, but it’s never too early to think about what your cattle will be eating as we go into next winter. Forage sorghums allow pastures and...
A healthy diet and clean environment can reduce the risk of your cattle developing mastitis.
Lactating cows are susceptible to an infection called mastitis that can affect their milk supply. Animal science professor Joe Hogan, at Ohio State University, says mastitis is an inflammation of the...