Daily Archives: May 30, 2017

Twin births in beef cattle: Double your pleasure?

Twin births in beef cattle: Double your pleasure?

Dr. Carl Dahlen

Minnesota Farm Guide

Twin births occur in <1 to 7 percent of cattle depending on breed and genetics. Though fairly rare, it helps to prepare for the possibility of twin births prior to calving season. Gestation length of twins is from 1 to 2 weeks shorter than for single calves, so if a cow became pregnant with twins early in the breeding season she will likely be one of the first to calve. Sometimes this happens unexpectedly ahead of your target calving dates.

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Well Designed Management System Requires Planning

Well Designed Management System Requires Planning

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle TOday

Every business has (or should have) a means of measuring and analyzing the various factors that play a role in overall performance and profitability as well as to help in decision making. Cattle operations are no different. And of the different types of beef cattle operations (cow/calf, stocker, preconditioning/backgounding, feedyards) the cow-calf operation may be the most challenging.

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Try These Simple Steps to Improve Livestock Distribution, Pasture Health, and Your Bottom Line

Try These Simple Steps to Improve Livestock Distribution, Pasture Health, and Your Bottom Line

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

“Poor grazing distribution throughout a pasture is like feed waste at the feed bunk in winter,” Kelly says. “Dollars are left on the table when areas of a pasture are not utilized and grazed properly.” When we calculate stocking rates for the current grazing year, we might assume that cattle will graze evenly over the entire pasture. But as Kelly says, and as we’ve all seen over the years, “Cows are lazy and will develop their own convenience areas within a pasture.”

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Targeted cattle grazing for specific management objectives

Targeted cattle grazing for specific management objectives

Mitchell B. Stephenson

Progressive Cattleman

When cattle producers hear the term “targeted grazing,” they often think of a herd of goats grazing to control a patch of invasive weeds in an urban environment, but targeted grazing can be used for more purposes, with more types of livestock, and at larger scales.

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Optimizing the Size of Your Cows to Maximize Profits

Optimizing the Size of Your Cows to Maximize Profits

Oklahoma Farm Report

Ted McCollum of Texas AgriLife is one of the top beef cattle specialists in the region. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with McCollum during a recent presentation he gave on the subject of figuring out the right size of cows to have for your beef cow herd. He says over the decades we have seen cattle bred to fit the full range of the size spectrum. Currently though, more moderately built cows seem to be the norm, but McCollum suggests that each individual ranch should have its own optimized standard.

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VFD cutting down on use of CTC

VFD cutting down on use of CTC

Amanda Radke

Tri State Livestock News

Chlorotetracycline or CTC seems to be one of the most widely used feed antibiotic products that now require a VFD. "A big concern clients have brought to me is the hand-fed vs. free choice issue with CTC," said Geis. "Since CTC is only approved for anaplasmosis as a free choice feed, it becomes a big issue if a producer had been using it in creep feed for calves on pasture. However, most of our clients were previously using CTC as it was labeled, so the change hasn’t been an earth-shaking issue at this time."

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Three common summer cattle diseases

Three common summer cattle diseases

Julie Thelen

Michigan State University

As temperatures continue to increase, so does the anticipation for summer shows and fairs. When planning to exhibit any animal species, the most important requirement is having a healthy animal. Raising a healthy animal involves nutrition, housing and management. Preventing, diagnosing early and treating any illness will pay big dividends.

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