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Facilities for a Stocker Operation

By   /  July 6, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

Over the past few months I’ve written several articles about why I made the switch from a cow calf operation to stockers and backgrounding. I’ve been able to improve my pastures, stop making hay all summer, and I can even have time off. And, at least in my area, stockers provide a lot more opportunities […]

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Another Benefit of Smaller Cows – They Make Fatter Calves

By   /  June 29, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

For decades, cattle producers have been told that providing enough feed to their cows and their developing heifers is critical for ensuring high pregnancy rates. But researchers at the Agricultural Research Services Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory have found that’s not necessarily so. The results of their long-term study show that heifers fed […]

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What Do You Do With Your Bull When He’s Not Working?

By   /  June 22, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

The bull in my herd lives a pretty good life.  He “works” a couple of months a year and the rest of the time he just, sort of, chills. Most cattlemen want their bull’s working season to last for as short a duration as possible. The advantages of a more uniform calf crop to sell, […]

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Copper Deficiency in Cattle Can Reduce Conception Rates

By   /  May 11, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

Last week Beth Burritt wrote about animals ability to recognize and solve mineral deficiencies. She noted that mineral nutrition is extremely complex and that the amount of a particular mineral an animal will eat depends not only on the level of that mineral in the body but also on its interactions with other minerals. This […]

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Bovine Art Appreciation – Paint Colors and Markings at the Sale Barn Tell You What You’re Bidding On

By   /  April 20, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about moving newly-arrived and unsocialized cattle around in our handling facility. There was a little video showing some of those cattle too. Along with some interesting comments, we got some questions from people who noticed that some of those cattle had numbers or letters spray-painted on their […]

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