Cornstalk Grazing Q&A

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by Travis Meteer, University of Illinois, Beef Extension Educator I have been having conversations with producers about grazing cornstalks. I wanted to share some frequently asked questions. Q: How long can I graze cornstalks? A: This depends on stocking rate and available dry matter to graze. The quick answer is “At 150 bushels an acre, approximately […]

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Prepare for the Worst During Fall Calving

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Source: Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service – Northeast District’s Timely Topics Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar is quoted saying “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” Most cattle producers do a really good job with management while expecting the best but sometimes we lack on preparing for the worst. There are steps that each […]

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Rations Tip for Starting Early Weaned Calves

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By Julie Walker, Associate Professor & SDSU Extension Beef Specialist Dry conditions have encouraged some producers to wean earlier than normal (6 to 7 months). Research has shown that these calves can perform as well or better than calves still nursing. Pasture quality has a key influence on performance of nursing calves. However, under “normal” […]

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VFD: What you need to know from a veterinarians perspective

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by Dr. Donald Sunday, DMV One of the most important pieces of legislation that will affect cattle producers, veterinarians, and the animal health industry is set to go into effect January 1, 2017. GFI 213 places the use of medically important antibiotics in feed or water under the supervision of licensed veterinarians. The Veterinary Feed […]

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Feed Barometer Tool Help Maximize Profitability

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A critical component in maximizing the profitability of any beef feeding program is being able to identify feeds that provide the required nutrients at a good price. BioZyme® Inc. has created a FREE online tool for cattle producers that estimates feed values based on feedstuff nutrient content and current market prices. BioZyme’s Feed Barometer utilizes a software […]

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Factors That Affect Free Choice Mineral Consumption

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By Twig Marston, Technical Sales Field Manager When providing a free-choice mineral it is important to be conscience of the factors that will affect intake. Our expectations are always that all animals will consume the desired amount on a daily or a regular basis. However, age of animal, herd dynamics, feeder placement, forage availability, forage quality […]

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Keep an eye out for Anaplasmosis in cattle herds

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Article courtesy of Donald Stotts, Oklahoma State University, donald.stotts@okstate.edu ENID, Okla. – The occurrence of anaplasmosis has been shown to be more widespread in the United States than once thought, underscoring the need for cattle producers to be aware of causes for and clinical signs of the disease. “This past year, confirmed cases of bovine anaplasmosis in […]

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Fescue: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It

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Grass is a key component in any grazing operation, especially in the summer. Tall fescue is the most widely adapted forage in the U.S. It is a persistent grass that is easy to establish, tolerant of a wide range of management regimes, and produces good forage yields. However, it is a relatively low palatability forage […]

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The Importance of Mineral Supplementation

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The major nutrient requirements for livestock are: water, energy, protein, minerals and vitamins. In many cases, producers do a good job of providing enough water and adequate energy and protein sources. However, many producers fall short in providing the best nutritional program possible by purchasing “cheap” vitamin and mineral source or failing to provide a […]

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