Daily Archives: July 2, 2018

Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Preconditioning

Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Preconditioning

Erin Laborie

University of Nebraska

Cow-calf producers have the option of preconditioning calves at weaning to improve health status and ultimately add value to their calf crop. Preconditioning programs can vary greatly from one operation to another but share the common goal of preparing calves for the next phase of production.

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Making hay and raising cattle at Soldiers’ Hill Angus Farm in Warrenton

Making hay and raising cattle at Soldiers’ Hill Angus Farm in Warrenton

Vicky Moon

Lancaster Farming

Dennis Pearson had just finished yet another long, sweltering summer day cutting hay. “Got to make hay while the sun shines,” Pearson, owner of Soldiers’ Hill Angus Farm in Warrenton, said recently.

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Website may take some of the risk out of buying/selling hay 

Website may take some of the risk out of buying/selling hay 

DALE HILDEBRANT

Farm & Ranch Guide

The online purchase of products is becoming more widely used each day, and now that concept has come to the hay market, and in fact it may lower some of the risks associated with hay buying by going on an Internet route.

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Calf Castration

Calf Castration

Dr. Lew Strickland

University of Tennessee

One of the questions that I hear the most concerning castration is; when should I castrate my calves Doc? Many producers will castrate their calves when they are two or three days old, which is my preferred period. Castration should occur when the calf is rather young. The older the calf, the more likely that calf will suffer a setback (which cost the producer money). In addition, larger calves are more difficult to handle and restrain for the procedure.

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Supplementing young bull calves before weaning pays off

Supplementing young bull calves before weaning pays off

Heather Smith Thomas

Canadian Cattleman

Young bulls need to be fed adequately for proper growth and development, and future fertility, but we are still learning about the best way to feed them, according to John Kastelic, a professor of theriogenology and head of the department of production animal health, in the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine.

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Tips to Make High Quality Hay

Tips to Make High Quality Hay

Vita Ferm

Some livestock producers will attest that they are not raising livestock, but rather a high-quality forage; the livestock is simply a by-product of the land. However, some land and environmental factors prohibit grazing fresh forages. And, when forages are at a surplus in the summer time, it makes sense to harvest those forages in the form of hay to store the forages when feed resources become scarcer, perhaps in late fall and winter.

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Weaning Fall-born Calves

Weaning Fall-born Calves

Glenn Selk

Angus Beef Bulletin

Don’t forget to plan for water needs of both cows and calves. Many cow-calf operations with fall-born calves will wean the calves in mid- to late June. Weaning during very hot summer weather is stressful enough to the calves. Therefore any management strategy that can reduce stress to the calves should be utilized. Fenceline weaning is one such strategy.

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