Daily Archives: March 26, 2019

Experts provide tips on marketing, stocking rates

Experts provide tips on marketing, stocking rates

Samantha Athey


Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University livestock marketing specialist, gave tips on choosing options when it comes to marketing forages by way of calves, stockers and feeder cattle. “You actually have a number of ways that you do market forage more than likely,” Peel said. “The most obvious cow-calf one is weaned calves.” Other options for cow-calf producers may include complementing weaned calves with stockers, whether retained or purchased, raising replacement heifers, producing hay and feeding cull cows.

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High-Tensile Fencing Tips

High-Tensile Fencing Tips

Greg Judy

On Pasture

High-tensile electric fence is the most effective and economical fence that you can build on leased land and it’s what I put up after negotiating a 10 year lease on a farm that had no fencing.

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When a Cow Goes Downhill After Calving: Could it be Johne’s Disease?

When a Cow Goes Downhill After Calving: Could it be Johne’s Disease?

Dr. Russ Daly

The South Dakota Cattleman

If you asked your fellow cattle producers what they want most out of an individual calving, most would say they’d want a vigorous and thrifty calf, nursing its mother without help. After that, I’d expect most would say something about the new mother: that she would recover rapidly from labor, take care of her calf, and begin eating and drinking enough to keep the milk flowing.
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Why Cattle Producers Should Early Pregnancy Check Replacement Heifers

Why Cattle Producers Should Early Pregnancy Check Replacement Heifers

Patrick Davis

Missouri Beef Cattleman

Before we discuss the benefits, what is meant by early pregnancy checking replacement heifers? In the Missouri Show-Me Select Replacement Heifer Progran pregnancy checks on heifers are required within 90 days of the start of the breeding season. Pregnancy checking at this time allows the veterinarian to get a very accurate age of the fetus in days before it falls over the pelvic rim. Once the fetus falls over the pelvic rim, it is much harder to get an accurate age of the fetus in days. An accurate fetal age leads to an accurate calving date, which benefits you if heifers are retained or the buyer that purchases the heifers.

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In Vitro Fertilization Provides Options for Increasing Cow Herd and Quality

In Vitro Fertilization Provides Options for Increasing Cow Herd and Quality

Transova Genetics

California Cattleman

During the past 50 years technological advances in the field of bovine reproduction have led to some dramatic changes in the way cattle look, reproduce, perform and even taste. Artificial Insemination (AI) and conventional Embryo Transfer (E1) are two of the main tools used by progressive producers to accelerate genetic improvement within their herds. However, recently many producers have introduced In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) into their reproductive programs. Early on, IVF struggled to establish itself as a legitimate technology because embryo production and pregnancy rates were low, which made the cost of a live calf unacceptable to most.

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Ryan Arndt uses an all-around approach for cow herd improvement.

Ryan Arndt uses an all-around approach for cow herd improvement.

Sarah Moyer

Angus Journal

In a corner of the world where cowboys still roam, Ryan Arndt teaches his girls to rope and rodeo. He decides what heifers or cows will be bred and what bulls to buy and use. The work and play run together while he manages a cow-calf herd in the middle of yearling country

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Developing Young, Open Replacements is His Market Niche

Developing Young, Open Replacements is His Market Niche

Becky Mills
Progressive Farmer

Donny Stephens enjoys developing heifers. It’s a passion that shows. About 100 peas-in-a-pod bred heifers graze his Alabama pastures, while they wait to go to their new homes. Stephens started this enterprise 15 years ago when he bought 11 potential replacements to supplement his own 100-cow herd at Marion Junction. He and wife, Pat, kept every one of those heifers.

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Considering Creep Feeding

Considering Creep Feeding

Grady Ruble


Despite what Mother Nature seems to think the summer months are approaching and for some that means rolling out the creep feeder and for others considering whether creep feeding is a necessary investment. In general creep feeding is a management practice used when market and/or environmental conditions render it necessary.

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Wet, muddy conditions likely as calving season picks up

Wet, muddy conditions likely as calving season picks up

Jenny Schlecht


Dean and Twyla Stroh are winning a battle with cold, snow, mud and slop. The Strohs’ calving season began on Feb. 8. Since then, they’ve calved out their embryo-transplant cows, their artificially inseminated cows and about 100 bull-bred cows. They had a touch over 300 calves on the ground on March 19, putting them a little more than half done in a calving season that will stretch into April.

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Selection for milk in the cow herd: How much is too much?

Selection for milk in the cow herd: How much is too much?

Travis Mulliniks

Progressive Cattleman

In forage-based beef systems, balancing the environment (forage quality and quantity) and cow requirements is a driver of production efficiency. The need for livestock producers to match cow size and milk production potential to forage resources in order to optimize forage utilization and reproductive efficiency is critical. Matching nutrient availability of the forage base with nutrient requirements of the cow has been recommended to efficiently utilize forage quality.

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