Daily Archives: October 16, 2017

Providing maternal genetics with industry relevance

Providing maternal genetics with industry relevance

Jennifer Carrico

High Plains Journal

Providing customers with maternal genetics that can perform in the feedlot is the main goal at Warner Beef Genetics. And the Nebraska producer uses Gelbvieh and Angus genetics to advance not only their herd, but that of their customers.

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And They’re Off! Winning the Calf Starting Race

And They’re Off! Winning the Calf Starting Race

Warren Rusche


Feeding cattle successfully is a bit like a horse race; a bad start can doom the chances of winning. Getting calves off to a great start is crucially important if we want to maintain health and performance throughout the feeding period.

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Effects of a Freeze on Forages

Effects of a Freeze on Forages

Bruce Anderson

University of Nebraska

If you haven’t experienced a freeze yet this fall, you soon will. And remember, a freeze can cause hazards for using some forages. When plants freeze, changes occur in their metabolism and composition that can poison livestock. But you can prevent problems.

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New times for Montana salebarns

New times for Montana salebarns

Carrie Stadheim

Tri State Livestock News

A few small changes could make a big difference for Billings area producers and salebarn employees. Joe Goggins, whose family owns both Billings Live Stock Commission (BLS) and Public Auction Yards (PAYS), both of Billings, said that this time of year can put a serious strain on the staff, and he’s hoping their schedule changes will make life better for everyone involved.

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Feed blocks make the most of corn stover

Feed blocks make the most of corn stover

Janelle Atyeo

Tri-State Neighbor

A new product in cattle nutrition makes use of a plentiful byproduct left in the field after corn harvest: Crop residue. Fiber Factor Stack 2K blocks are high-energy supplements for cattle. Fed at 2 to 4 pounds per head per day, depending on the amount of grass available, the block provides a similar amount of energy to distillers grains, according to creator John Klein, owner of the Dunlap, Iowa, based CRF Consulting.

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Proper cattle handling during transportation is essential for the safety and well-being of the people and livestock involved.

Proper cattle handling during transportation is essential for the safety and well-being of the people and livestock involved.

Austin Miles

Noble Research Institute

Growing up, my grandfather would tell me "remember, you’re in charge," every time I would pull away with a load of calves or on a tractor heading for the fields. My safety was his primary concern, as well as the well-being of his equipment and livestock. However, there were deeper messages in his words: pay attention, think for yourself and be responsible for your actions.

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Building cow’s body condition score now helps them thrive in winter weather

Building cow’s body condition score now helps them thrive in winter weather

Teresa Clark

The Fence Post

Fall may be the best time to prepare spring calving cows for the cold winter months. Maintaining beef cows in an average body condition score can help them persevere through extended periods of cold weather, according to Rick Rasby, who is an associate dean of Extension and a University of Nebraska Extension beef specialist.

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