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Red Clover Hay Supplementation Grows Fat Cattle

By   /  September 21, 2020  /  ARS, Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

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To jump right to the end of the story, researchers have found when 15% of the diet of steers in pasture was a supplement of red clover hay/ with about 3 pounds of dried distillers grain, they gained more weight than those on pasture alone – 2.45 pounds a day compared to 1.94. That’s interesting […]

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How to Choose Your Replacement Heifers

By   /  September 14, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

This is the time of year when many folks are choosing their replacement heifers. These tips from Nebraska Extension Beef Educator Aaron Berger and his colleagues at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will help you make good choices. First, get rid of heifers whose mothers were troublesome. Send on heifers that are: • from cows […]

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Fenceline Weaning for Calves

By   /  August 24, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Last week we shared a two-stage weaning process that reduces stress and illness and maintains or improves weight gain. Here’s another option that also reduces stress: Fenceline weaning. Abruptly separating mother and young is noisy. There’s a lot of mooing and fence walking. It can go on for up to three days, and while it’s […]

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Two-Stage Weaning is Calf, Grazier, and Scientist Approved

By   /  August 17, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Livestock  /  3 Comments

Weaning may be the biggest stress that a calf endures in its life. When calves are abruptly separated from their mothers, they bawl, they don’t eat, and they pace their pens and fence lines, walking an average of 25 miles a day in one test. They also become more vulnerable to respiratory infections. How do […]

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Grass-Finishing Myths that Reduce Profitability

By   /  August 3, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  6 Comments

Note from Kathy: These are just three of the ten grass-finishing myths that will Greg will be covering in the Introductory/Overview session of the upcoming online Pasture-Finished Beef Workshop August 11-13 from 7-9PM ET. This is going to be a great workshop, covering topics important to anyone trying to finish beef on pasture. It will […]

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