Daily Archives: November 1, 2012

Forage Testing in 2012-13 is Critical

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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Stockpiled Forages $ave Ca$h.

Stockpiled Forages $ave Ca$h.

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

Every 30 days of grazing stockpiled forage provides a co$t $aving$ that is practically equivalent to increasing your calving rate by 8-10%!

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Bull management key in multi-sire pastures

Bull management key in multi-sire pastures

Glenn Selk


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.

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Feeding light test-weight corn holds income potential

Feeding light test-weight corn holds income potential

Gayle Smith

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.

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Bump Up Breedback With Early Weaning

Bump Up Breedback With Early Weaning

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer

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.

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Research Looks At Heifer Synchronization Protocols

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.

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Pumpkins provide source of energy, protein

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.

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Development of replacement heifers

Development of replacement heifers

Ivan G. Rush

Tri-State Livestock News

If only we knew if it will rain or I guess a better question would be when will we get moisture? If only we knew what the drought situation will be next spring and what the grass situation will in early spring and all of next year

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Shopping for feeds can cut cost of cow winter-hay supplements

Shopping for feeds can cut cost of cow winter-hay supplements

Joplin Regional Stockyards

When drought boosted corn and soybean prices, beef-herd owners faced new challenges. They can’t rely on traditional feeds as low-cost supplements for winter forages.

"Producers must look at every alternative this winter," says a University of Missouri Extension beef nutritionist.

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Looking at Your Cattle a Practice for Production Success

Looking at Your Cattle a Practice for Production Success

Missouri Ag Connection

Successful beef cattle producers in southwest Missouri give varied responses when asked about their most important practices for success.

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