Daily Archives: March 5, 2019

Baxter Black, DVM:  Pull My Finger

Baxter Black, DVM:  Pull My Finger

Cows do not flatulate.

Allow me to give you a lesson in bovine physiology.  Cows are herbivores, vegetarians.  They live on grass. Cows are big. 1,000 lbs. Cows eat a lot of grass.

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Low-Stress Livestock Handling Methods Bolster Benefits of Properly Managed Grazing

Low-Stress Livestock Handling Methods Bolster Benefits of Properly Managed Grazing

Gallagher Group

Every summer, the Sieben Live Stock Company grazes yearling cattle at their Dog Creek Ranch just a short distance west of Helena, Montana. In order to keep pastures from becoming overgrazed and rangelands healthy, the Hibbard family uses a combination of managed grazing and low-stress livestock handling (LSLH) methods.

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Three Key Factors to Balance when Choosing a Calving Season Based on Profitability

Three Key Factors to Balance when Choosing a Calving Season Based on Profitability

Matt Stockton and Devin Broadhead

Farms.com

Cattle producers base major decisions such as calving season on expected economic outcomes which include productivity, input costs, personal capability, individual preferences, markets, and so on. Calving systems are generally categorized into three seasons, spring, summer and fall. Many producers select the spring calving season to maximize the weaned calf weight at the end of the summer grass season.

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How to indentify your best cows sooner

How to indentify your best cows sooner

Harlan Hughes

Beef Magazine

My study rancher recently raised an important question: Should he be adjusting his beef cow numbers as he goes through the cattle cycle? In the past, he had not been doing so.

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Calf Health Begins in Dam, Continues Through First Weeks of Life

Calf Health Begins in Dam, Continues Through First Weeks of Life

Shelby Roberts

Wyoming Livestock Roundup

“Calf health starts with dam nutrition.” Says Alltech Research scientist Shelby Roberts. She explains meeting nutrient energy and mineral needs is exceptionally important When it comes to pregnant and nursing cows.

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Cow Nutrition Plays a Big Role in Calving Preparation

Cow Nutrition Plays a Big Role in Calving Preparation

Jennifer Carrico

Charolais Journal

Spring calving season is here, but it’s not too late to get prepared and give your cows the best opportunity for success. Craig Payne, University of Missouri Extension veterinarian says having cows in good health conditions will make calving season go smoothly. “Good health is not just having a vaccination program, but also a good nutrition program. A target body condition score (BCS) of 5 is the minimum to ensure good recovery from calving and for rebreeding,” Payne says.

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What to Expect From a Breeding Soundness Examination

What to Expect From a Breeding Soundness Examination

Heather Smith Thomas

Hereford World

Many factors play a role in the fertility and the breeding ability of bulls, including semen quality, conformation, soundness and a desire to breed cows. It is recommended every bull pass a breeding soundness examination before being put out with cows.

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