Daily Archives: June 11, 2015

Two-stage weaning reduces calf stress

Two-stage weaning reduces calf stress

Earl Ward


Most fall-calving producers have either just weaned or are looking at the Farmer’s Almanac to determine when would be the best time to wean. Our goal during this time is to reduce stress on the calves and minimize weight loss. The way we obtain our goal is through management.

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Matching Protein Needs and Protein Content

Matching Protein Needs and Protein Content

Karla H. Jenkins

University of Nebraska

When cattle producers check the tag on a bag of supplement or get an analysis back on some hay samples, they mostly likely look for the crude protein content first.

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Does Disposition Affect Reproduction in Beef Cattle?

Does Disposition Affect Reproduction in Beef Cattle?

Reinaldo Cooke and David Bohnert

Oregon State University

Disposition has been shown to significantly affect feed intake and growth rates of beef cattle. However, little research has evaluated the effects of poor disposition, and methods to improve this trait, on reproductive function of beef females.

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Proper soil sampling depth is critical for pasture soil testing

Proper soil sampling depth is critical for pasture soil testing

Jerry Lindquist

Michigan State University

Soil testing is a common practice for cropland grain fields as it still is the best method to determine soil fertilizer and lime requirements. It is less commonly used on pasturelands but still is highly recommended if farmers and ranchers are considering nutrient amendments to those fields to increase forage yields and/or stocking rates.

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Optimum preconditioning lengths vary

Optimum preconditioning lengths vary

Wes Ishmael


Depending on the source, calves may not need a full 45-day preconditioning period. Recent research indicates that, in the right conditions with the right cattle, preconditioning periods as short as 15 days can work.

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House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat

House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat

Fox Atlanta


Under threat of trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico, the House has voted to to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry.

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Senate committee passes WOTUS-redo bill

Senate committee passes WOTUS-redo bill

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

More attempts to block the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule are moving forward in Congress. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has passed a bipartisan bill to make the EPA start over.

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