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For as long as cowboys have been working with animals, they've used hot irons to mark their brand. Another method is freeze branding, which is easier to read, and less painful.
Radio interview source: Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Virigina Tech Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below The permanent mark of a brand on livestock...
Don't let horses and other livestock overgraze and waste feed
Drought takes a toll on pastures and hay availability. Mindy Hubert, South Dakota State University Extension small acreage field specialist provides this list of management tips to help you minimize...
Cattle that have to walk through a stream to get to another pasture can damage the stream environment. Build a crossing for the cattle for a smooth transition to the other side.
Radio interview source: Steve Higgins, Director of Animal and Environmental Compliance, University of Kentucky Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Cattle...
Cattle need a respite from the sun when they're out on pasture all day. Prevent heat stress by providing shade. It can be anything from trees to portable shelters.
Radio interview source: Steve Higgins, Director of Animal and Environmental Compliance, University of Kentucky Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Cattle out on...
Drought is a part of the normal production cycle. Dealing with these dry periods and decreased feed supplies needs to be part of the overall management plan.
There are several options to consider when planning an alternative feed program, according to R. Baird LeValley, Colorado State University Extension livestock and range agent. The goal is to re-breed...
Pint-size cows can be a perfect fit for a small acreage.
When showing cattle, you want the judge to see all of their attributes. Boost your calf's chance of being noticed with proper feeding management before and during the show.
Radio interview source: Dr. Steve Blezinger, Animal Mangement/Nutrition Consultant, Reveille Livestock Concepts Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Raising calves to show in...
Market cull cows and supplement feed to rest
In a drought year, forages are low in both quality and quantity, which can leave cows thin and undernourished. Less-than-optimal body conditions can have reproductive consequences not only this year...
When the temperatures soar, keep a close eye on your cattle. If you're uncomfortable, the herd is too hot, and if you're too hot, the herd is in serious danger.
Radio interview source: Dave Sparks, Extension Veterinarian, Oklahoma State University Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below When it gets too hot to be outside, people can just...
On hot, humid days, give your cows some shade
Cattle shades may mitigate heat stress for livestock, says Jim Krantz, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. Indications are that about a 20 degree air temperature...