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Common Diseases of Grazing Beef Cattle

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

This article comes to us from Dr. John Comerford, Penn State Extension Beef Specialist. Thanks! 1. Bloat The incidence of bloat in cattle grazing legumes is well documented. Bloat is caused by the rapid fermentation of legume plants that produce high levels of gas as a by-product of the fermentation. This excess gas cannot be […]

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Cow Nutrition Requirements: Calving to Breeding

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

Thanks to South Dakota State Extension for this article! Nutritional management of the cow herd is more important during the periods of late pregnancy and early lactation than any other time in the annual production cycle. “Nutrition has a huge impact on the performance of both the cow and the newborn calf,” said Ken Olson, […]

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Reducing Heifer Development Costs By Growing Smaller Cows and Using Lower-Quality Forages

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  4 Comments

More recent research is overturning old ideas about heifer development and providing ways to reduce costs while maintaining breed-back rates and longevity in the herd.

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How to Use Snow as a Water Source for Wintering Beef Cattle

By   /  October 23, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

We got questions about how well cattle do on snow as a winter water source so we headed out to find some answers for you. This fact sheet from agricultural agencies in Canada provides some comparisons between cows with access to water and cows using snow as their water source. Researchers in Alberta expected that […]

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How Big is Big Enough

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

We got a lot of comments on our last article about cow size and profit. Here, Kit Pharo weighs in. According to the USDA Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska, the average Angus, Red Angus and Hereford cow weighs over 1,400 pounds. Mainstream seedstock producers have successfully out-Simmentalled the Simmentals. Unfortunately, in their attempt to wean […]

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