Give your Calves a Jump-Start the Natural Way

Taking chances usually isn’t easy. In fact, it can be down-right scary. Cody Murphy, owner of Standing M Livestock at Greenville, Ala., faces a lot of challenges, as he preconditions high-stressed, high-risk, weaned calves straight from the sale barn and prepares them for backgrounding on rye grass. Throughout the year, Murphy contracts load lots of […]

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How Nutrition Plays a Key Role in Animal Gains

When it comes to your cattle feeding operation, pounds matter. The more pounds your animal gains in a shorter period means the animal is more efficient and consequently, you should see a greater return on your investment. But what factors influence those gains? Certainly, genetics play a role, but so does the nutrition you provide […]

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When You Can’t Afford Not to Use a Mineral Program

With the ringing in of a new year and the ups and downs of the cattle cycle, it’s reassuring to have a tool in the cattle feeding business that will help decrease costs and minimize health risks to calves during one of the most stressful times of their lives. With three simple steps and just […]

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Natural Ways to Help Reduce the Risk of Bovine Respiratory Disease

It can be a challenge to keep stocker cattle healthy. Temperature swings, moisture, poor ventilation and commingling with calves from other points of origin are all stressors that impact the calves’ overall health and performance and can lead to Bovine Respiratory Disease or BRD, the leading cause of sickness in cattle. Even healthy-appearing cattle can […]

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Tips to Prepare for a Successful Calving Season

  You’ve waited approximately nine months to see the results of your breeding decisions and cattle nutrition, and calving day is right around the corner. Kevin Glaubius, Director of Nutrition and Regulatory Support at BioZyme® Inc., offers three tips to make sure you are prepared for the approaching calving season. Prepare Your Calving Kit There […]

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Vita Charge® Neonatal Supplements New Calf Nutrient Needs

There is nothing more exciting around the farm or ranch than the anticipated arrival of a newborn calf. Many months of hard work and preparation go into bringing a new calf into an operation. Therefore, getting them off to a solid start is key to producing a healthy and thriving animal. Newborn calves, like any […]

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Tips for Low-Stress Newborn Calf Processing

Calving time is much-anticipated around the farm or ranch. Cattle producers work tirelessly to make sure their cow herd is maintained, cared for, fed and vaccinated. Matings were carefully selected, females bred, and roughly 283 days later, the next calf crop hits the ground (hopefully) running with vigor. When those calves do come, be sure […]

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Animal Health is Imperative to Ranch Steeped in Tradition

It’s 2018. Most people work 8-5 jobs or “telecommute” where they never leave home and work right from their computer. Meals are “home-cooked” in 30 minutes from fresh ingredients delivered to doorsteps in boxes when take-out doesn’t sound appealing. And everyone is connected to someone with technology – in the next room or across the […]

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6 Tips to Make Calving Season Easier

If you have a spring calving herd, you are now either finding yourself in the thick of things or it won’t be long before you have new calves hitting the ground. We polled our VitaFerm Facebook followers, asking them for their best calving tips. Take a look and see what tips you can utilize to […]

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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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