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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Keep Calves Healthy During Weaning

Temperatures are cooling, mama cows and their calves are bawling for each other across the fence line. Weaning time is here, which adds stress to the calves and their immune system. You can keep them healthy by making sure their respiratory and digestive systems are not compromised during this stressful time in their lives. Ensuring […]

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3 Tips to Prepare for Calving Season

You’ve been waiting nine months to see if your cattle nutrition and breeding decisions were on track and D-day is almost here. Kevin Glaubius, Director of Nutrition and Regulatory Support at BioZyme® Inc., offers three tips to make sure you are prepared for this calving season. 1. Make Sure Your Calving Kit is Ready There […]

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The Power of Protein in Cattle Diets

Protein is essential within the diet of a ruminant to supply the ammonia needed for microbial growth and to provide the amino acids needed for absorption from the small intestine. A deficiency in protein can limit microbial activity, microbial protein synthesis and rate of digestion. All these can in turn impact feed and energy intake. […]

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Understanding The Nutrient Value of Your Hay

Taking hay samples is one step that can ensure the nutrient requirements of your animals are being met. By having a general idea of the quality of your forage, it will enable you to provide the lowest cost ration possible to meet your performance expectations. There are two ways you can take hay samples: with […]

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Fall Calving Offers Advantages to Your Cow Herd

Fall calving offers several advantages that the cow-calf producers can utilize in their management programs. A key advantage is that cows will spend their last days of gestation grazing more lush summer pastures and will typically calve at a higher body condition – something to keep in mind when developing a feeding program for those […]

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Feed Smarter During Drought

Every year Mother Nature wreaks havoc on various regions with drought. Drier than desirable conditions challenge livestock producers who depend on forages for their cattle to graze during the summer months; however, with proper planning your cattle and your bank account can survive the drought. There are several options for producers looking to survive drought. Cull and […]

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Natural Insect Control Options for Cattle Producers

As Spring transitions to Summer, and the days get warmer, flies become more bothersome. Cattle producers should know that in addition to the traditional chemical methods to keep flies and other insects at bay, VitaFerm® offers natural insect control methods as well. VitaFerm HEAT™ includes garlic, a natural insect repellent. The garlic will change the […]

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BUB Ranch Develops Sound, Functional Bulls in the Ozarks

Holly Meyer understands what it takes to develop a sound, functional, fertile bull for her customers. And although she faces what some producers might see as obstacles – the heat and humidity of the South along with the challenges of grazing on fescue, Holly and her family have mastered the art of breeding cows and […]

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Opportunity Knocks During the Grazing Season

By Dennis Delaney, Inside Sales Manager Spring and early summer generally offer conditions long on grass and short on stress. Cows are in peak milk production, calves are at the most efficient period of their lives, and forages are at their best. Successful producers seize this opportunity to capture maximum pounds of beef per acre, […]

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