Manage the Cattle for the Markets

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In today’s market, cattle producers need to take advantage of every opportunity to increase the value and profit of their calves. Universities and cattle services have been reporting the economic effects of good and bad management practices for decades. One early report is a 1986 extension publication highlighting a sale barn survey that focused on […]

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When Times Get Tough…Don’t Stop!

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Supplementation programs will always be important building blocks for cow herd nutrition programs. During “belt tightening” times, getting the most bang for your buck becomes even more critical when selecting which, how much and what supplements to feed. It has been repeatedly proven that proper mineral, feed additive and protein supplementation will economically increase beef […]

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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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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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Beef Cattle Institute launches pregnancy analytics mobile app

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MANHATTAN — The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University is making it easier for producers and veterinarians to manage pregnancy diagnosis information with a new mobile app called Pregnancy Analytics. Designed to serve as an instant data collection and analysis tool, the app will facilitate the transformation of data into actionable information for individual herds. Not […]

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Collect Hay Samples in 6 Easy Steps

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It is important to take samples of your hay to ensure you know its true nutrient value. It is extremely difficult to know the quality of your hay by just looking at it. By having your hay analyzed you will have a better understanding of its quality, and this will allow you to work with […]

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Rusche Hired as South Dakota Area Sales Manager

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We are excited to announce the hire of Guy Rusche of Garretson, SD as a BioZyme Area Sales Manager. In this position, Rusche is responsible for promoting sales of BioZyme products and supporting BioZyme’s dealer network in South Dakota. BioZyme’s supplement brands include VitaFerm®, Sure Champ®, Gain Smart™, VitaCharge® and Vitalize®. Prior to BioZyme, Rusche worked […]

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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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