Timely Internal Parasite Control Needed for Positive Summer Gains

by Dana Zook, Oklahoma State University NW Area Livestock Specialist,  With early spring growth comes new infestations of internal parasites in beef herds. The practice of deworming cattle for internal parasite control has been a best management practice many years, however, this concealed enemy is easily overlooked. Strategic deworming starts with the understanding of the parasite life cycle. […]

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Tips for Bloat Prevention when Grazing Wheat Pasture

For many cattle producers in the Plains states, putting stockers out on wheat pasture in the spring makes perfect sense. The pasture is an available, palatable forage source that is high in protein, energy and minerals. However, too much of a good thing can be harmful, and that includes grazing your calves on wheat pasture, […]

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Considerations for Getting Weaned Calves to the Bunk

It’s time to start thinking about weaning those fall-born calves, and although you expect to hear some upset mama cows and calves for a few days, there are ways to eliminate stress in the calves and keep them healthy by getting them to the bunk to eat. Three key factors to getting calves used to […]

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Focus on Getting Cows Bred Early in the Breeding Season

by Travis Meteer, University of Illinois, Beef Extension Educator I was speaking at a meeting one evening and I was talking about how nutrition affects reproduction. I got to the portion of the talk discussing how post-partum interval affects cows getting bred in a 60 day season. I asked the members of the crowd to raise […]

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What’s Going On In There: Fetal Development of the Beef Calf

by Kalyn Waters, former SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist One of the most rewarding days for many cow/calf producers is sale day. Watching a calf crop grow from calving to weaning brings many challenges, but it also is very gratifying when those calves you slaved to save from the snow drift, branded, and doctored finally […]

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Six Useful Apps for Cattlemen

According to the 2016 data by the Pew Research Center, 77% of Americans own a smartphone. And although we have probably cursed the things a time or two when their fancy glass screens crack upon impact from landing on the gravel road or they end up sliding out of your front shirt pocket into the […]

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Preventing Stocker Health Wrecks

Health can have a major impact on performance of stocker cattle and your bottom line. By utilizing these tips you can work to prevent dreaded health wrecks. Work with your veterinarian ahead of time to develop a herd health protocol for receiving. Also, have your protocols in place for cattle that become sick. Calves treated […]

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What is the Difference Between Prebiotics and Probiotics?

Herd and heard. Meet and meat. There, their, they’re. So many words sound similar in our language, and yet have very different meanings. The same is true when it comes to keeping your cattle healthy, eating and growing. Probiotic and prebiotic. Just one letter different, and yet these two supplements have very different uses in […]

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Gain Smart™ User Sees Healthier Calves During Adverse Conditions

Anthony Schmidt understands the value of a good investment in his herd health protocols. Last fall he was shopping for a less expensive nutrition program that could enhance the health of his calves, and he found Gain Smart™ just in time. “It’s been a challenging six to seven months at the feedlot with rain and […]

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Amaferm: Tried and True

With nearly 65 years of history, feeding Amaferm® has made raising livestock better. We often rely on past accomplishments to promote and use a product like Amaferm. The truth is, even though Amaferm has been successfully used for decades, there are new and exciting reasons to promote and use Amaferm daily. Tried and True Reasons  From […]

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