BeefTalk: Where Are the Elders?
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Deal with the living and care for the dying. If one is in the business of caring for living things, then one always should approach the day with the understanding that the goal is life, not death.
Cattle’s Ability to Digest Forage Critical to Nutrition
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
For cattle producers, particularly those producing cattle on pasture and forages, the animal’s ability to digest fiber is critical to its access to the nutrients necessary for life and normal performance.
Putting Pounds on Fast, on a Budget
To put 350 to 400 pounds on his stocker cattle in just five months, John Shore has to get the nutrition right. That generally means a 14.7% protein ration of primarily soy hull and corn gluten pellets, along with either rice hulls or cottonseed hulls.
Prep Calves to Respond
Angus Beef Bulletin
A preventative herd health program, including proper and timely vaccination, is a beef operation’s best insurance policy against production losses and disease. But producers still need to do their part to make sure this insurance policy can work to the best of its ability.
Ranching for Profit Blog
Baseball’s spring training is here. As the players review the fundamentals and sharpen their skills, let’s do a little spring training of our own.
In ranching there is no transparency and most of the records we keep are a waste of time. Records are a waste of time for two reasons. First we measure the wrong thing (productivity not profitability).
Uniform cattle increase profit potential
John Simons ranches with his family near Enning, S.D., where they’ve focused on reducing variability in their Angus-based cowherd for the last 20 years.
“If your calves all look the same, they’re just a pretty package,” he says. “And pretty sells.”
Weather Forecast Tools for Newborn Livestock
South Dakota AG Connection
This week’s winter-like weather is a reminder that cold and wet conditions during calving season can be dangerous. A little bit of preparation and watching the weather forecast can avoid the most lethal situations for calves during their first 24 hours after birth.