Managing Heat Stress

  by Kevin Glaubius, BioZyme® Director of Nutrition and Technical Sales Support Heat stress impacts the performance of cattle with millions of dollars of annual economic losses. Animal responses to heat stress include reduced dry matter intake, decreased average daily gain, decreased milk yield, and decreased fertility and poor reproduction. As Figure 1 reflects, the […]

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Put the Amaferm Advantage in your Calves’ Creep Feed

Spending less on a product doesn’t always mean you’re saving money. That is true when selecting the best creep feed for your calves. Supplementing calves with creep feed is important to their growth, as it provides a source of energy that most calves won’t get while transitioning from nursing to grazing forages. And since there […]

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Considerations for Creep Feed

To creep, or not to creep? That is the million dollar question for many producers. When determining whether or not to creep feed, a producer must assess financial variables with production goals to determine what creep protocol (if any) is the best fit for their production scenario. Prior to weaning, a calf’s diet consists of […]

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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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Grass Tetany Awareness and Prevention

Following a rough, cold winter, it seems that spring is finally arriving. Temperatures are on the rise and pastures are beginning to green. For most of us this is a welcomed event that leads to less time in the calving barn, reduced time feeding and a few more hours of sleep. But as many cattlemen […]

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Consistency is Vital to A.I. Success

It’s time to start thinking about preparing for your cow herd’s breeding season, and one of the most important considerations is keeping them on a consistent nutrition plan. What? You are just getting geared up for spring calving? Then, now is the perfect time to start making sure your females will be in proper nutritional […]

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Calf Scours: Causes, Signs, Prevention, and Management

By Janna Kincheloe SDSU Extension Research Associate II For many cattle producers, this time of year means sleepless nights, partly due to checking cows during calving and partly due to the worries that come after calves are safely on the ground. Calf scours, the common term for neonatal calf diarrhea, is one of the primary […]

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