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Common Diseases of Grazing Beef Cattle

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

This article comes to us from Dr. John Comerford, Penn State Extension Beef Specialist. Thanks! 1. Bloat The incidence of bloat in cattle grazing legumes is well documented. Bloat is caused by the rapid fermentation of legume plants that produce high levels of gas as a by-product of the fermentation. This excess gas cannot be […]

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How to Make Lambing, Kidding and Calving Happen During Daylight Hours

By   /  January 8, 2018  /  Livestock  /  6 Comments

Here’s a way to make your upcoming calving, lambing and kidding season a little less stressful: feed your pregnant stock every evening, right around dusk. They’ll spend the night ruminating and wait to give birth until morning. That’s the advice shared in this video by Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University (OSU) Extension Cattle Specialist. The […]

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Cow Nutrition Requirements: Calving to Breeding

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

Thanks to South Dakota State Extension for this article! Nutritional management of the cow herd is more important during the periods of late pregnancy and early lactation than any other time in the annual production cycle. “Nutrition has a huge impact on the performance of both the cow and the newborn calf,” said Ken Olson, […]

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Sheep Can Now Safely Graze Vineyards!

By   /  December 18, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Livestock, Sheep  /  12 Comments

Vineyard managers don’t like the weeds and grass that grows between vines because they slow vine growth and grape production. Sheep graziers call the vineyardist’s problem “forage” and would love to be able to use it to grow their herds. So how can vineyard managers work with sheep growers so that they’re both happy? The […]

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Training Livestock and Wildlife to Electric Fence

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Livestock  /  3 Comments

I always like to start an electric fence conversation with this statement: “Electric fence is not a Miracle.” Quite frequently it is a miracle that it ever works when installed by uninformed consumers. There are certain principles that must be used and challenges overcome to use the product successfully. Over the next several months I […]

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