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What Happens to Pregnancy Rates and Calf Survival With Changes in Calving Season?

By   /  October 21, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

A four year study of ranchers in Western Canada indicates that shifting from winter calving to spring calving increases cow pregnancy rates and calf survival. Due to market pressures, Canada’s cow-calf sector has consolidated into fewer, larger herds and producers have begun calving later, and in pasture, to avoid increases in labor, equipment and facilities […]

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Wean Early to Prep Thin Cows for Winter Weather

By   /  October 14, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Wean Early to Prep Thin Cows for Winter Weather

After weaning and prior to winter can be one of the most economical times to improve the body condition score (BCS) of a spring-calving cow.

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Silence of the Calves – No-Bawl Weaning Saves Stress and Money

By   /  September 23, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

Turn your sound on, then click on the sound clip below to get a feel for what weaning used to be like for John.   Our little town has been shrinking over the past fifty years. The school, the gas station, the café, all gone. But the mom and pop grocery store is still open, […]

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Calving Ease, Growth, Marbling – What Do You Need For Your Winning Team?

By   /  September 16, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Calving Ease, Growth, Marbling – What Do You Need For Your Winning Team?

Once the tallest player in the NBA, Yao Ming measures at an astounding 7 feet, 6 inches tall. His height and athletic ability led him to be selected for the NBA All-Star game eight times. By any measure, Yao is an exceptional and well-known basketball player. And yet, in two years spent living in Latin […]

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Is There a Way to Maximize the Value of Your Cull Cows?

By   /  September 16, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock, Marketing, Money Matters  /  Comments Off on Is There a Way to Maximize the Value of Your Cull Cows?

Cull cows – every operation has them. They’re the cows that are not pregnant at weaning time. The typical strategy for many spring-calving cow-calf operations is to cull and sell these cows immediately in the fall. The problem is that they’re generally in poor condition and are head to market at a time of year […]

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