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Regain Genetic Parasite Resistance

By   /  April 24, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  Comments Off on Regain Genetic Parasite Resistance

What is the first line of defense when parasites attack livestock? A drug (chemical) is immediately purchased and applied to the animal. Does it work? Yes, it usually does. For how long? Days, weeks, months, rarely more than one year and then the predators return. Or does the chemical become ineffective after several years of […]

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Building a Cow Herd – Billy Bean Style

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  5 Comments

Two of my favorite subjects are cattle and baseball. Two of my favorite books on these subjectsare “The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising” by Laurie Lasater and “MoneyBall” by MichaelLewis. One day, on a long drive, I started playing with the idea that breeding a fertile, easy keeping and most importantly, profitable, herd of cows […]

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Cows Prefer Grazing Stockpile to Eating Hay

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Grazing Management, Livestock  /  1 Comment

On a winter day, -3 degrees and so cold that he was having trouble videoing, Greg Judy found that the hay he’d kindly brought his cows to help them out wasn’t what they wanted at all. Instead of eating it they walked over it to the stockpile pasture in front of them. In this 3:46 […]

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Winter Grazing Through Extreme Cold and Deep Snow

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Grazing Management, Livestock  /  1 Comment

One of the biggest challenges farmers and ranchers face is feeding their livestock through winter. It can be costly and time consuming. But as the seventeen ranchers in this video series demonstrate, bale, swath or corn grazing on pasture is a way to make the winter more profitable while freeing up a lot of time. […]

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Is Your Beef Finished? Use Frame and Body Condition Score to Find Out

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Is Your Beef Finished? Use Frame and Body Condition Score to Find Out

These are helpful tips for figuring out if your animal will be well-marbled and tender while it’s still on the hoof.

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