Bull Buyers Guide

by Travis Meteer, University of Illinois, Beef Extension Educator Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire […]

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Implementing a Herd Health Program

If healthy calves are your goal, there are several “don’t stop” management decisions you should consider. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is very true when it comes to building a successful health program. Vaccination, nutrition and stress management continue to be the cornerstones of a comprehensive herd health program. Cost […]

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To Bed or Not To Bed

by Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate, courtesy of iGrow.org “To bed or not to bed?” With apologies to William Shakespeare, that is the question on many feedlot managers’ minds as we head into the winter months. Will providing bedding result in enough extra performance to outweigh the additional expenses in both material […]

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Four Accounting Programs to Help Improve Your Operation

Accounting is the language of business. Not having accurate accounting information is like trying to get on the right train in Tokyo when you don’t speak Japanese. In the end, you will be lost and unsure of your business’ financial footprint. Whether you’re a beginning farmer or have a thriving business, accounting software can make […]

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Best Management Practices for Weaning and Feeding Calves

by Twig Marston, Technical Sales Field Manager When it comes to weaning and feeding calves, there are several best management practices (BMPs) you don’t want to stop. When focusing on BMPs you can create an effective management system and improve calf health and productivity. Tying nutrition, vaccination and management programs together minimizes problems, builds value and […]

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3 Tips to Prepare for Calving Season

If you follow us on Twitter you know that we are getting pretty excited about #calfwatch17. You’ve been waiting nine months to see if your nutrition and breeding decisions were on track and D-day is almost here. Here are three tips to make sure you are prepared for this important phase of production. Make sure […]

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Concept•Aid Block Provides Convenient Protein Option

BioZyme® is excited to expand the VitaFerm® Concept•Aid® protein line to include our first-ever protein block. The Concept•Aid Protein Block is a convenient delivery system designed to optimize forage digestion while enhancing reproductive performance. The Concept•Aid Protein Block is formulated to deliver the same high-quality minerals, trace minerals and vitamins found in Concept•Aid loose mineral with […]

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Health programs are vital to a profitable herd

by Twig Marston, Technical Sales Field Manager Health programs are vital to a profitable herd. It seems simple, but really it is one of the more complex management decisions producers need to implement. Nonetheless, producers need to build herd health protocols that prevent disease, treat illnesses and injuries, as well as promote animal well-being. There are […]

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5 Tips for Beef Cow Herd Winter Supplementation

With first blast of winter weather quickly approaching, have you thought about what that means to your cow herd? Keeping cattle in good condition through the fall and into early winter ultimately helps insulate the animal and minimize the amount of feed required later in the winter season. Kevin Glaubius, Director of Nutrition and Technical Sales […]

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