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Winter Grazing and Weaning Calves

By   /  September 27, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

The ranchers in this 4-minute video don’t bring their cattle in and feed them over the winter. They’ve found that bale or swath grazing is a much more economical, low labor way of carrying their stock through the winter. Here they talk about when and how they wean and feed their calves as part of […]

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Cattle Are Losing Adaptations to Their Specific Environments

By   /  August 9, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

Researchers have uncovered evidence showing that cattle are losing important environmental adaptations, losses the researchers attribute to a lack of genetic information available to farmers. After examining genetic material stretching back to the 1960s, they identified specific DNA variations associated with adaptations that could one day be used to create DNA tests for cattle — […]

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Flerds: Sheep and Cattle Grazing Together for Predator Protection and Pasture Management

By   /  June 21, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Pigs, Sheep  /  6 Comments

Multi-species grazing isn’t just about diversifying your operation and making good use of your pastures. It can also be a way to protect small ruminants from predation!

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Turning Out the Bulls – Later

By   /  June 14, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Turning Out the Bulls – Later

Thanks to Kris Miner, South Dakota Grassland Coalition for sending on this reminder! With the traditional bull turnout date for most producers coming in the next couple weeks, the SD Grassland Coalition would like to remind cattle producers that considering a later breeding and calving season may be beneficial. In South Dakota, that means May […]

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What is the Best Cow?

By   /  June 14, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, From the On Pasture Library, Livestock  /  4 Comments

The best cow I ever bought was a real beauty. Her name was Miss Unaweep Rafter 145, and she came with some fancy registration papers and a bull calf at her side that my mother thought could be our next herd sire. I know old Unaweep was a good cow. She must have been – […]

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