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Making the Business of Backgrounding Work For You

By   /  March 23, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

Readers have asked for more information about running stocker operations. So here’s Blake Allen with another in his series. Blake says that stockers aren’t for everyone, and that cow calf operations are very important. If that includes you, read on with an eye towards how you might implement some of what Blake explains here. Then […]

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Feeding Colostrum and Colostrum Replacers to Newborn Calves, Lambs and Kids

By   /  March 16, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

Colostrum is that “liquid gold” that gets newborn babies off to a good start. Colostrum is the first milk that a cow, ewe or doe produces after birth. It is thick and yellowish and rich in energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. But its most important role is protecting the newborn from potential disease and infection. […]

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Are You Raising Cattle That Fit Your Market?

By   /  March 9, 2020  /  Livestock  /  No Comments

Recently, John Marble has been adjusting what he raises on his ranch to meet what his local customers are asking for. Here’s what they want, and how that might be impacting you. Of course, things may be different in your region. But this may help you explain what’s happening at your livestock auction, or give […]

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Bull Body Condition Is Important to Breeding Success

By   /  March 2, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

When a cow comes up open in a pregnancy check, we often assume it’s because of some fault with the cow. Maybe she was too thin or not cycling well at breeding time. But maybe it’s not the cow at all. According to Karla Wilke, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Range Management and Cow/Calf Specialist, it could […]

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The Sandhills Calving System For Scours Prevention

By   /  February 24, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

Thanks to the Beef Cattle Research Council of Canada for this piece! Last week we looked at the system Doug Wray uses to prevent disease spread in his newborn calves. His process is a variation of a system developed at the University of Nebraska about 20 years ago, known as the Sandhills Calving System (developed […]

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