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The “Lazy L” Gets You Ready for Herd and Stocking Rate Changes

By   /  May 29, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  2 Comments

A beef producer needs a set of “liquid cattle” – the group that is easy to round up and sell as weather changes, feed becomes short or the labor force changes. Selling this group creates opportunity for the remaining herd by lessening the demands on the operation. Life does not always go the direction that […]

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Are the Cows Ready to Breed?

By   /  May 22, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Are the Cows Ready to Breed?

Assuming a 283-day gestation, if the cow that calved on April 1 wants to maintain her position as the first cow to calve on April 1, she only has 82 days to recoup from calving, start lactating and be cycling the day the bulls arrive in the pasture. And so the question of the day: […]

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Zero Tolerance for Bad Cows

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  7 Comments

I apologize if the following words are too harsh, but they are true. Unfortunately, some know the feeling all too well. The beef business has risks, and one risk is bad-tempered cows, cows that want to kill you. Most cows respect their caregivers and have only goodwill. But for those of a different temperament, get […]

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