5 Tips to Keep Protein Cost Effective

The two most vital nutrients in a cow’s diet are energy and protein. Energy plays a vital role in the reproductive and lactation process, calf growth, weaning and overall performance. However, without the proper amount of protein in the diet, the amount of energy and all other nutrient intake and absorption levels can be impacted. […]

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Tips for Forage Testing

Cattle producers are continually looking for ways to cut expenses and increase profits; they’re no different than any other good business operator. Andy McLaughlin owner of McLaughlin Cattle has found one simple and efficient way to cut some of his feed costs down while ensuring his cow herd gets the nutrition it needs during the right production […]

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Vita Charge® Clench Launched to Assist with Scours

Our livestock can’t always tell us how they are feeling, until it’s too late. And oftentimes they “show” us they are not feeling their best through diarrhea and scours. When these symptoms occur, you want to make sure your livestock get properly treated to feel their best, so they continue eating, drinking, looking and performing […]

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The Power of Protein: How to Determine Your Cow Herd’s Needs

Protein is a powerful nutrient for your cow’s digestive system and rumen to function properly. However, spending money on protein supplementation may not always be the best investment a cow-calf producer makes. You need to know when to supplement protein and how much to provide your herd to make it a wise investment in your […]

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Every Animal has Value: Keeping Cull Calves Profitable

Each fall when you go to market with your weaned calves, it seems like there are a handful of outliers in your calf crop that could cost you some premiums. But don’t dismay; there are ways to find value for every calf that you’ve produced; it might just take some extra time or some different […]

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Take the Stress Out of Weaning

A high-quality, healthy calf crop doesn’t just happen. It takes well-planned matings, caring for gestating and lactating cows with proper nutrition and management, and a low-stressed, healthy weaned group of calves. Producers know that perhaps the most challenging aspect of that equation is reducing the stress during weaning time, but one progressive seedstock operation in Central Illinois has found a […]

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A Three-Step Approach to Successful Weaning

Some of life’s most challenging lessons come from young living beings. Think back to your young ‘un waving good-bye to you on his or her first day of school from the partially-opened windows of a shiny, yellow school bus. Or, reflect on the weaning time, and the sounds from crying pens of calves that are […]

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How to Get Weaned Calves a Healthy Start

Freshly weaned calves are a lot like small children starting their first day of preschool. They’re learning a new routine in a different environment and eating from a new menu all while being without their mamas for the first time. That equals a lot of stress, which can lead to sickness, going off feed and […]

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A Key for Success at All Stages of Production

The RBC Ranch is situated in Southwest Arkansas, where lifelong cattle producers Steve Groves runs his SimAngus cows. Through trial and error, he’s discovered the best ways to make a living – keeping his herd healthy and productive. However, one thing he learned early on is never skimp on a nutrition program. Although he has […]

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The Real Impact of Flies

Good things don’t always come in small packages. Take for instance, the fly. This little nuisance is known to cause at least $1.5 billion in losses to the cattle industry annually. Break that down, and it could be costing you, the producer, $30-$50 per pair if you are not engaging in effective fly control management. […]

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