Wheat Pasture Readiness: Best Practices for Grazing for Maximum Performance

Cattle producers across the Great Plains and throughout the country often rely on wheat pasture to graze their cattle in late fall and through the winter. However, with less than ideal planting conditions in many regions this year, wheat is getting planted later than usual, which will impact the amount of forage available to cattle, […]

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Health Considerations When Commingling Stocker Cattle

Freshly weaned calves are already fighting a compromised immune system. Combine that with shipping them on a semi for several hours and commingling them with other groups of calves you’ve purchased elsewhere, and their health system is compromised even further. However, you can implement these best management practices to make sure your stocker calves stay […]

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A Little Investment for a Lot of Return

In south central Iowa, there is a cattle operation that covers all aspects of management. For Isaiah Shnurman, owner of SP Genetics and Shnurman Sire Services at Bevington, Iowa, managing his cattle and his client’s cattle starts with proper nutrition. “Managing nutrition is very important to our overall operation,” said Shnurman, who runs his own […]

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How to Achieve Gain on Declining Forage Quality

Grasses decrease in quality as they mature and the grazing season progresses. When the hottest days of summer arrive, cool-season grasses go into a dormant stage, and their quality declines tremendously. Forage availability is usually sufficient, but the nutritional value of the mature cool season grasses is lower. Warm season grasses will produce between 65 […]

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Health Tips for Calves This Fall

Experience tells us that fall can be a treacherous season for keeping calves healthy. Calves come into the season stout, thrifty and with the expectation of doing well. But changing weather conditions, management systems and nutritional programs can catch the calves off guard and send them into a tail spin of poor health and performance. Planning and implementing a complete program […]

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