Daily Archives: April 3, 2018

Supplementing Cows on Pasture

Supplementing Cows on Pasture

Alvaro Garcia


While reading an article in “The Pioneer Woman” not long ago a statement caught my attention:  “…My dad always said that we are in the business of selling grass, not cattle…To most effectively “sell the grass” on our ranch, we are always evaluating what we think will work the best, “best” being a balance between what is most profitable and what is best for the land…”

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Poor water quality could impact livestock performance

Poor water quality could impact livestock performance

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Water is a precious commodity when it comes to livestock health, not only when it comes to quantity, but to quality as well. “Water may be the most important nutrient for an animal,” says Dan Loy, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist. “Water quality can be an issue, especially when it’s surface water. That’s why we encourage producers to test that water.”

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Better test than guess on minerals for cow herd

Better test than guess on minerals for cow herd

Jill Seiler

Southern Livestock Standard

Beef cows, especially the “easy keepers,” seem to make a living on a wide mix of forages across the country and for most of the year. Trouble in the form of mineral and vitamin deficiencies could lurk below that outward appearance, costing hundreds of dollars in production losses.

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General Management Considerations to Increase the Proportion of Early Calving Heifers and Cows

General Management Considerations to Increase the Proportion of Early Calving Heifers and Cows

R.N. Funston, G.A. Perry

University of Nebraska BeefWatch

Artificial insemination (AI) is the most powerful tool cow-calf producers have to improve beef cattle genetics. Still, they have been slow to adopt this technology due to the time and labor of heat checking and a market structure that until recently did not reward genetic improvement.

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Cysts Likely Cause of Heifer Repro Woes

Cysts Likely Cause of Heifer Repro Woes

Dr. Ken McMillan

Any reproductive issue during breeding season needs to be dealt with immediately. Time is critical. The most likely problem in this case is follicular cystic ovary disease. This occurs when there is a disruption of the normal hormonal pattern to the estrus cycle.

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Considerable Losses Can Occur Due to Toxic Plants in Pastures

Considerable Losses Can Occur Due to Toxic Plants in Pastures

Matt Welborn, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
Cattle Today
Considerable losses to the livestock industry occur every year due to toxicoses (or poisonings) from poisonous plants. In western states, an estimated three to five percent of cattle, sheep, goats and horses on open range are affected. In other regions of the country, where improved pastures and supplemental forages are grown, the economic losses may not be as high, or at least not as well documented.

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Adaptation verses Cultivation

Adaptation verses Cultivation

Dr. Justin Rhinehart

University of Tennessee

If you’ll forgive me for deviating from writing about strictly production-related topics, I’d like to offer some general thoughts and observations. As you read the following comments, don’t think of them as absolute truths or any sort of final word on a given subject. I encourage you to simply think about how these concepts apply to your situation. They might also be good discussions to have at your daily breakfast spot or your next producer association meeting.

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Parasites & pinkeye: Here’s what we can do

Parasites & pinkeye: Here’s what we can do

Mark Hilton

Beef Magazine

The use of insect growth regulators (IGR) or larvicides in the mineral starting one month prior to fly exposure is a well-proven management practice to reduce fly pressure. Use a product labeled for controlling face flies (all control horn flies), as they can spread the pinkeye-causing bacteria from animal to animal.

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Supplementing Gut Health

Supplementing Gut Health

John Maday


As cattle producers work to improve health and performance while minimizing the need for antibiotics, a growing body of research indicates that supplements influencing microflora in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract can improve gut health and overall immunity.

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Stretching grass while maintaining cattle in the pasture

Stretching grass while maintaining cattle in the pasture

Karla H. Jenkins

High Plains Journal

As drought conditions worsen through a large portion of the Great Plains, many beef cattle producers are starting to evaluate ways to stretch forage resources potentially in jeopardy.

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