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Sassy Calving: More Fun ~ Less Work

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

Over the past ten years or so I have read many, many articles encouraging ranchers to calve in sync with nature, to calve when the other ungulate-ruminants calve. In other words, suggesting we calve in the spring rather than winter. The basis for most of this writing has been economics: a discussion of costs, inputs, […]

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Selecting for Heat Tolerant Cattle Using Coat Shedding Scores

By   /  May 14, 2018  /  Livestock  /  1 Comment

Scientists and the Farmer’s Almanac agree: this summer is going to be hotter than normal all across the U.S. and Canada. In fact, many farmers and ranchers I talk to agree that they’re seeing a trend of hotter summers over all. Everyone also agrees that heat stress reduces cattle weight gain, calf weaning weights and […]

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Black is Only a Color

By   /  May 7, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

In a market that seems to tell us that we can only make money selling black cattle, Don Ashford has a different story to tell.

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The Easiest Way to Treat Pink Eye

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Livestock  /  26 Comments

When visiting Greg and Jan Judy a few weeks ago, I asked Greg “What do you do about pinkeye?” “We don’t treat it,” he said. “We found that if we treated it the cow got better in 2 or 3 weeks. If we didn’t treat it, the cow got better in 2 or 3 weeks.” […]

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Why Red Devon?

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

We all have reasons for the choosing the breed of livestock we raise. Don explains why Red Devons work for him.

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