Forage Testing in 2012-13 is Critical
Joe Sellers, Steve Barnhart, Sherry Hoyer
Iowa State University
It pays to test your livestock’s feedstuffs every year, but it is critical to test forages this fall due to extreme variation in quality of silage and hay produced during the drought of 2012. Iowa State University extension agronomist Steve Barnhart and beef program specialist Joe Sellers said many producers have harvested silage from drought stressed corn, and proper ration development depends on knowing the nutrient content of that feed.
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Bull management key in multi-sire pastures
Before the fall breeding season begins, a few simple management procedures involving the bulls can increase the likelihood of a high pregnancy percentage among the cows.
Feeding light test-weight corn holds income potential
Tri-State Livestock News
As farmers scramble to harvest their corn before winter sets in, many are finding light test weight corn in their fields. However, if this corn can not be utilized by the ethanol industry or mills, it still has a use in the beef industry, according to a University of Nebraska specialist.
Bump Up Breedback With Early Weaning
Frank Perry discovered three good reasons to wean calves early this year. It reduced his feed costs, improved breedback in his cow herd and gave him uniform groups of healthy, marketable calves.
Research Looks At Heifer Synchronization Protocols
Scott Laudert, PhD
Similar pregnancy rates in yearling beef heifers can be obtained by various fixed-timed artificial insemination (TAI) estrus synchronization protocols.
Researchers at four universities evaluated three different CIDR-based TAI synchronization protocols in 801 heifers.
Pumpkins provide source of energy, protein
This years’ drought has forced Nebraska cattle ranchers to get creative when feeding their livestock.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension program said pumpkins have a good source of energy and protein for beef cattle.