Seedstock Operation Relies on Minerals, Protein to get Cows Rebred

The mother cow is the foundation of a profitable cow-calf enterprise. Making sure she gets bred, delivers and weans a calf each year is critical for her to maintain her position in the herd. But she can’t do it alone. Progressive cattle producers like Kevin Jensen, Courtland, Kan., know the importance of taking care of […]

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Developing a Year-Round Mineral Program

Many producers can take for granted the importance of a well thought out mineral program. The purpose of developing a yearly mineral supplementation program is to help balance the macro and micro mineral requirements of cattle to keep them healthy and maintain optimal performance. However, what is best for one producer’s operation isn’t necessarily what […]

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How to Give Multitasking Mamas an Added Nutritional Boost

Ask any new mother how she’s feeling, and variations of “exhausted” will likely be uttered from her mouth. If a new mama cow could talk, her answer might be the exact same, especially if she is a 2-or 3-year-old that’s just delivered her first or second calf into the herd, while she’s still growing and […]

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How to Make the Most of Winter Pastures

Imagine cattle herds grazing tall, nutrient-rich grasses year-round, with no worry of snow cover or dormancy. Although this utopic scenario sounds pretty great, it’s just too good to be true here in cow country, U.S.A. A majority of the land producers have to graze on during winter months is mature, dormant forage that is low […]

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Tips to Manage Cold Stress for Calves

It’s never too early to start planning how you’re going to get your newborn calves off to a thriving start, especially in the coldest months of the year. If you are 60 to 90 days away from calving, you need to start now to ensure that your calf crop will have the nutrients it needs […]

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Nutrition is Vital to Successfully Breeding Back First-Calf Cows

Multi-tasking is never easy. Imagine the life of a 2-year-old heifer just turned mama cow. She’s still growing and maturing herself. Now, she’s given birth to a 70-pound calf that depends on her as its sole nutrition source, and in 45-60 days needs to be ready for rebreeding for her second pregnancy. To make sure […]

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How to Maximize Efficiency with Multi-Sire Breeding Systems

Reproductive soundness in your bull battery is just as important, if not more important to that in your cow herd. Considering your bull’s job is to cover multiple cows in a breeding season, you want to make sure he is structurally sound, in proper body condition and has passed a breeding soundness exam, indicating reproductive […]

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How to Overcome the Challenges of Feeding on Wet Ground

It seems like ol’ Mother Nature hasn’t held back this fall when it comes to rainfall. Some parts of the U.S. are 20-30 inches above their normal precipitation for the year, with still a good six weeks left on the calendar. Harvest has been a challenge in many parts of the country, as has been […]

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Don’t Skimp on Winter Supplementation

Even though the first few weeks of fall have just “officially” passed, it is never too early to begin thinking about winter. It seems like producers and meteorologists alike have been discussing that this winter could be bitterly cold and snow covered, and if you are one of the many people who refer to the […]

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