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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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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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Fresh Pens and Pastures Keep Calves Healthy

By   /  February 17, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Fresh Pens and Pastures Keep Calves Healthy

Thanks to the Beef Cattle Research Council of Canada for this information! Doug Wray believes in keeping newborn calves separated as much as possible from other two-week and older calves on his south-central Alberta farm to avoid livestock congestion and dramatically reduce the risk of congregated calves developing and spreading scours. And for the past […]

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