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Weaning reduces pasture loss, cow stress heading into winter
October is the time for beef producers with spring-calving herds to complete weaning and consider calf marketing options, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says. Timely calf weaning reduces cow...
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Living the Country Life and Successful Farming took guests from Japan and California on a farm tour this week. The visitors were amazed by the technology, loved talking to the farmers, and even...
This couple believes healthy beef starts with healthy grass.
Radio interview source: Rich and Carol Radtke, Owners, Coyote Ranch Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below When Rich and Carol Radtke of Kerkhoven, Minnesota, moved onto the farm that...
Iowa family converts valuable cropland into rotational grazing haven
During the two decades Tom and Mary Cory have been farming together near the rural community of Elkhart, Iowa, the couple has explored many diverse agricultural adventures. When they began farming in...
Weaning is stressful on calves. But they'll adapt quickly to their change in diet and environment with a plan and good preparation.
Radio interview source: Dr. Rick Rasby, Beef Cattle Specialist, University of Nebraska Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   It's heart-breaking to hear young...
Deciding on which cattle to cull and which ones to keep impacts future herd performance and profitability. There are many factors for putting cows on the culling list.
Radio interview source: Dr. Jane Parish, Extension Beef Specialist, Mississippi State University Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   To be a successful cattle...
Look closely at your cattle and check for growths on and around the eyeball. Cattle cancer eye can be treated when caught early. If not, you risk losing the animal.
Radio interview source: Rom Lemenager, Beef Extension Specialist, Purdue University Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   Humans aren't the only species that...
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...