Minerals for the Stocker Operation

By Dr. Brandi Karisch – Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Mississippi State University Most beef producers are well aware of the importance of trace minerals. Minerals play a part in almost all vital bodily functions, including growth, health, and fertility. Cow-calf producers are often the main segment of the beef industry to utilize an established trace […]

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Value-Added Programs Offer Less Risk, Greater Profit Potential

Who among us isn’t looking for good value? Everywhere you look marketing gurus sling “value” at consumers luring them in to the next big thing. Most quick-service restaurants offer value meals or value menus. But have you ever considered the value of the value-added programs that are available for your cattle post-weaning and through the […]

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Considerations for Managing Stocker Cattle: Impacts on BRD

Dr. Brandi Karisch – Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Mississippi State University Stocker cattle systems add value to recently weaned calves by marketing to cattle feeders large lots of uniform sized calves that have received health procedures (e.g., vaccinations, deworming, castration, dehorning) and are better prepared to thrive in confined feeding systems after getting past the […]

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Water Considerations for Stocker Cattle

Water is the most important nutrient and vital to ensuring the health of your livestock remains consistent. Bringing stocker cattle into a new area is stressful, but it is imperative that intake to water is not restricted due to cattle being uncomfortable or having poor access in their new surroundings. We often focus on feed […]

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Gain Smart™ is the Smart way to Gain Profits

Cattle producers are always looking for ways to maximize profitability, and that is especially true during a down market. Producers who have the resources to retain ownership on their calves to heavier weights could see more profitability in the end. And they can reach those higher weights more quickly and efficiently with the Gain SmartTM […]

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Nutrition Tips for Stressed Stocker Cattle

by Dana Zook, NW Area Extension Livestock Specialist Stress is the principal factor affecting the health of newly weaned or shipped stocker calves. Just imagine a kindergarten student riding the bus to school the first day. This student will experience new food, activities and people. Some of these kids are excited for their first day, […]

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Understanding the Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship 

Article courtesy of Russ Daly, DVM, DACVPM, iGrow SDSU Extension By now, livestock producers are becoming aware of soon-to-be-implemented changes in how feed grade antibiotics are used, in the form of expanded use of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Producers using feed grade medications such as chlortetracycline and tylosin will need to obtain a prescription-like VFD form from a […]

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Using Cost of Gain to Make Profitable Decisions

History shows that production profitability is closely tied to several key factors, one being cost of gain. Producers can use their records on specific input costs and gain calculations to benchmark their enterprises. Simply, cost of gain can be used to make good business decisions. Management records indicate that feed costs can account for 50 […]

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Getting Newly Weaned or Received Calves Started on Feed

Article courtesy of Dr. Brandi Karisch, Mississippi State University A goal of any receiving or weaning plan should be to minimize stress on newly received calves. Starting new cattle, whether they be newly weaned or freshly received into a stocker operation, can often be a challenge. A goal of any receiving or weaning plan should be […]

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Mineral Supplementation with the Amaferm Advantage

Mineral Supplementation Programs with the Amaferm Advantage

Stockmen know that a solid mineral program will increase performance in grazing cattle. Not only does mineral supplementation provide needed vitamins, macro and trace minerals, but it can also carry extra additives. BioZyme®’s Gain Smart mineral options allow producers to combine the benefits of mineral supplementation with the Amaferm® advantage resulting in increased efficiency, faster […]

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