Daily Archives: August 7, 2018

Helping youth build their herd and knowledge of pedigrees and selection

Helping youth build their herd and knowledge of pedigrees and selection

Rachel Gabel

The Fence Post

Keith Russell, Kay Cornelius and Roy Wardell set out nearly 20 years ago to remedy the declining numbers in the breeding cattle show at the Weld County Fair and began Weld County Cattle for Kids. The funds raised are all returned to 4-H members involved in the breeding program and, in the years since its inception, the Weld County Breeding Beef program is among the largest in the state.

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Hoof health: Dealing with foot problems in beef cattle

Hoof health: Dealing with foot problems in beef cattle

Heather Smith Thomas

Progressive Cattleman

Foot injuries or diseases need to be addressed early and resolved before lameness results in weight loss due to reluctance to travel to feed/water. Dr. Andrew Niehaus of Ohio State University says environmental conditions and genetics are the biggest factors in risk for foot diseases. Some animals have poor foot/leg conformation that puts stress on the feet or weaker hoof horn. “Those animals are probably never going to have strong, healthy feet compared to other cattle,” he says.

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Tips to Create Your Herd Health Calendar

Tips to Create Your Herd Health Calendar

The Cattleman

Developing a comprehensive herd health program is integral to maintaining a successful operation of any type, and it can often determine whether your cattle operation is costing money, holding its own or in the black. While drafting a plan from scratch can seem like an overwhelming feat, breaking it down into calendar format and taking it season by season can prove a more manageable task.

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Brood Cow Size

Brood Cow Size

Dr. Ken McMillan

I was always taught a cow should wean about 50% of its body weight. Calves with adjusted weaning weights of 550 to 650 pounds work well in our stocker and feedlot system and on the rail. So if we do the math that puts the ideal cow at 1,100 to 1,300 pounds. If it were only that simple.

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Grazing Trampled Grass

Grazing Trampled Grass

Bruce Anderson

University of Nebraska

How should you graze regrowth in pastures that had tall growth trampled during a previous grazing? I don’t know but I have some ideas. Grass growth got away from many of us Nebraskans this spring. For some reason the rainfall and temperatures and sunshine all combined to quickly produce so much tall grass that cattle couldn’t eat fast enough.

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Hot weather increases livestock-poisoning risk

Hot weather increases livestock-poisoning risk

Canadian Cattleman

High temperatures promote the growth of blue-green algae, which can produce harmful toxins. Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can produce toxins that are harmful to livestock, wildlife and people.

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Keep or cull open replacement heifers?? (and buyer beware!)

Keep or cull open replacement heifers?? (and buyer beware!)

Glenn Selk

Feedlot Magazine

For some Oklahoma cow calf operations, the bulls go into the breeding pasture with replacement heifers in mid-April.  As the bulls are being removed from the replacement heifers in two months, this would be an ideal time to call and make arrangements with your local veterinarian to have those heifers evaluated for pregnancy after another 60 days.

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Use Caution if Grazing CRP Ground

Use Caution if Grazing CRP Ground

Duane Dailey

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Release of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land for grazing in northern Missouri gives relief for some cow herds on drought-shorted pastures. The CRP with USDA Farm Service Agency pays farmers to keep erosion-prone land out of production. It now allows short-term grazing in 42 counties in northern Missouri. The counties are mostly north of a line from Kansas City to Marshall and Hannibal. Many restrictions apply on land use. First, farmers must request and receive approval in writing before use. Only certain CRP programs are eligible.

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Don’t Take Parasites to Pasture

Don’t Take Parasites to Pasture

Wyatt Bechtel


he time is now to start planning for parasite control prior to grazing.  Grazing season is just around the corner. As you prepare pastures by fertilizing, spraying, burning and interseeding‚ Älso prepare cattle for spring by controlling parasites early. Flies and worms can lower cattle health, which can lead to major economic damage, so controlling them with insecticides and other management protocols is important.

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Small grain crops seeded this fall replace dry pastures for cow herds

Small grain crops seeded this fall replace dry pastures for cow herds

University of Missouri

Seeding winter annual small grain offers fall grazing for beef cow herds short on grass and hay. “Lots of calls are coming in,” said Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. He offers encouraging words and cautions. Interest grew as some local USDA Farm Service Agency offices offer added drought disaster assistance.

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