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From Big to Small to Big to Small: Part 2 of A Pictorial History of Cattle Changes Over the Years

By   /  July 11, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  8 Comments

How did we get to the cattle we have today? Where should we go from here? These are some of the questions Dr. Harlan Ritchie worked to provide answers to in his long and distinguished career at Michigan State University. In Part 1 he looked at the change from the era of large cattle that […]

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From Big to Small to Big to Small: A Pictorial History of How We’ve Changed What Cattle Look Like

By   /  July 4, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  6 Comments

How did we get to the cattle we have today? Where should we go from here? These are some of the questions Dr. Harlan Ritchie worked to provide answers to in his long and distinguished career at Michigan State University. In this series, we’ll share pictures and history that he put together. We hope it […]

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Let Your Environment Help You Choose Your Replacement Heifers

By   /  June 13, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Let Your Environment Help You Choose Your Replacement Heifers

Last week we ran Kit Pharo’s article about why ear tagging newborn calves isn’t necessary. One reader wondered how this affects choosing replacement heifers. Here’s Kit’s response. Question: “Hi Kit, I was wondering how you select replacement heifers from your herd – or do you have some suggestions on how I should select my heifers?” […]

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Don’t Ear Tag Your New Born Calves

By   /  June 6, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  14 Comments

Many cow-calf producers think it is sacrilegious to not ear tag calves at birth.   Most do it because they have always done it.   Several years ago, the PCC Discussion Group came up with several “Kooky Notions” that the members used to have.   Ear tagging calves at birth was one of those kooky notions. I’m sure […]

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Weaning Calves on Pasture

By   /  April 25, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

While you’re months from doing this at your place, here are some tips for you to think about so you’re ready when the time comes.

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