Cow / Calf Corner

A Producer’s Perspective on Selecting and Development of Replacement Heifers

By : Written collaboratively by Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, SDSU Animal Science Department, and Taylor Grussing, Courtesy of During the 2018 Heifer Development Tour, the Erickson Family provided insight on how they select and manage their replacement heifers to match their farm’s environment near Langford in Northeastern South Dakota. To start,…

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Growing bred replacement heifers

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Bred replacement heifers that will calve in January and February need to continue to grow and maintain body condition. Ideally, two year old heifers should be in a body condition score “6” at the time that their first calf is born.  See example below…

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New guidelines for ‘Targeting the Brand’ logo

By Katrina Huffstutler The most discerning of bull buyers know to look for well-rounded genetic profiles when perusing sale catalogs. Still, they could use a little help spotting the most complete packages. There’s added value for registered Angus bulls with greater potential to sire calves that meet the most challenging specifications for the Certified Angus…

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Utilizing Corn Stalks and Extending the Grazing Season

By : Victor Shelton, NRCS State Agronomist/Grazing Specialist   Corn stalks can be an option to allow more time for more forage growth. The older I get, the more I tend to philosophize about things. I’ve been asked a few times why I am such an advocate for sound grazing practices. Best management grazing practices,…

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BeefTalk: Cows as Combines

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Cows are harvesters, sort of a biological combine, and dining on crop aftermath can be a real component to profitable commercial beef production. Yes, bison, yaks and many other four-legged precursors were company competitors, but as far as production units, the cow combines win out. Cow combine units…

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