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Use Caution When Feeding Soybeans to Cattle

By   /  October 1, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Horses, Livestock, Pigs  /  3 Comments

With drought impacting feed availability, and tariffs reducing soybean exports, some of us may be looking at ways to use what we have a lot of to make up for a lack of grazeable forage. While soybeans can be fed to cattle we need to be careful with how much we feed and we need […]

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How Do You Know If Your Livestock Are Too Hot?

By   /  August 6, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Bison, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Livestock, Pigs, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Stock dogs  /  Comments Off on How Do You Know If Your Livestock Are Too Hot?

It’s hot out there, and in some places it’s really humid too! If you’re feeling it, so is your livestock. To help you figure out if there’s a problem and to do what you can to protect them, here are some tips from Rob Eirich, Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator, and Mariah Woolsoncroft, Nebraska Extension […]

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When Does a Cow In Labor Need Help?

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

How do you know when a cow is labor is having trouble? How do you know when to start helping her? Well, research done over 30 years ago at Oklahoma State University and at the Agricultural Research Service Laboratory in Miles City, Montana has some answers for us. They looked at how long “stage two” […]

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A Cow’s Teeth Tell Her Age, and Can Help With Culling Decisions

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on A Cow’s Teeth Tell Her Age, and Can Help With Culling Decisions

In order to maintain condition in a pasture setting without copious amounts of supplemental feed, a cow must have a full set of teeth that have not been worn down too much. Using dentition, or the condition and wear, of the cow’s teeth can be a useful tool to determine if the cow should stay […]

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Cow Nutrition Requirements: Calving to Breeding

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Cow Nutrition Requirements: Calving to Breeding

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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