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What Happens If We Don’t Kill Predators?

By   /  September 2, 2019  /  Livestock  /  No Comments

Thanks to Randy Comeleo, Program Advisor for the Agriculture and Wildlife Protection Program, Benton County, Oregon, for helping with this article. Last week’s article, “Coyotes Can Protect Your Livestock From Predators” reviewed some the research showing that we may be better off not killing predators. In fact, researchers found that the more predators we remove, […]

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Coyotes Can Protect Your Livestock From Predators

By   /  August 26, 2019  /  Livestock  /  6 Comments

Thanks to Randy Comeleo,Program Advisor, Agriculture and Wildlife Protection Program, Benton County, Oregon, and Oregon Small Farm News for this excellent article! Livestock losses are an unfortunate reality of ranching and the use of traps and snares is a common way to attempt to reduce predator-livestock conflict. However, one USDA study (Shivik et al. 2003) noted […]

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Low-Stress Weaning

By   /  August 19, 2019  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

A lot of producers look forward to weaning with nothing but dread because it’s so often a bad experience for them, their cows, and sometimes their facilities. Many producers can tell stories about their corrals being torn down by the cows post-weaning, and not being able to sleep for three or four nights after weaning […]

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Rangeland Researchers Say Smaller is Better

By   /  August 12, 2019  /  Livestock  /  1 Comment

This article comes to us from Oregon State University Extension and Chris Branam. Ranchers running beef cattle on dry and dusty landscapes should consider smaller cows to get the best out of their herd.   That’s the recommendation of a recent interdisciplinary study involving rangeland researchers in Oregon, Wyoming and Oklahoma. Breeding smaller cattle could […]

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How Important is a Perfect Udder on a Beef Cow?

By   /  August 5, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  8 Comments

This article is a summary of the 2019 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report “The Effect of Cow Udder Score on Subsequent Calf Performance in the Nebraska Sandhills”. Joslyn K. Beard, Jacki A. Musgrave, Rick N. Funston and J. Travis Mulliniks were collaborators on this research study and report. Listen to a discussion of the content in […]

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