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Residue consists of stalk, leaf, cob, and husk
An acre per cow After the corn crop is harvested, one acre of residue can supply enough forage to sustain a 1,000-pound cow for up to 2 months. Livestock producers do not take advantage of this...
Are your forages providing all your cows need for optimal performance? As you know, the winter cold and spring calving takes a toll on your cows. And seldom do forages alone provide all the...
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q: How many acres do you need for a cow and calf? A: The acreage required for a cow-calf pair will depend on several things: mainly soil fertility, pasture quality and how much rain you get in...
Ways to optimize cattle feeding
Winter feeding represents about 60% of the annual cost to feed a cow, so it's very important for producers to take a hard look at their methods. University of Minnesota Extension beef specialist...
Quick tips for preventing problems
Spoiled cattle feed exposes your animals to harmful compounds that can make them sick. Not all bad feed can be detected by sight or smell, so watch your animals for off-behavior, store feed in a cool...
Vaccinate new calves to give them the best chance at avoiding disease in the future.
Vaccinating calves If you have new calves prancing around the pasture, they'll need to be vaccinated soon. This is your chance to influence how they respond to disease in the future. Radio...
This family breeds Piedmontese cattle for direct meat sales.
Heartland Meats After years of preparing a business plan for going wholesale with their farm-raised beef, the first check Pat and John Sondgeroth received bounced. And it was a big one. That was...
Texas, where things are always bigger
Big mowers Bill Martin once needed a lawn mower. Being in Texas, where things are always bigger, his lawn mowers sport seven-foot blades. Tall story? Nope, long story. Horns, that is. Longhorns...
Take the time to plan before unleashing your livestock on pests
Radio interview source: Margaret Soulen-Hinson, secretary/treasurer, American Sheep Industry Association         Listen to the radio story here Plan...