Cow / Calf Corner

Bull management prior to the breeding season

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Before the breeding season begins, a few simple management procedures involving the bulls can increase the likelihood of a high pregnancy percentage among the cows. Any rancher that purchases a young, highly fitted or conditioned bull should plan to gradually reduce the fleshiness of…

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Colostrum and Passive Immunity; Critical to the Health of a New Born Calf

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K-State experts share tips on getting bulls ready for the breeding season

K-State beef experts offer advice on bull management ahead of turnout   MANHATTAN, Kan. – Any coach of a winning athlete will say that success in competition is the result of the athlete’s nutrition and fitness preparation. Beef cattle experts at Kansas State University say that same mentality applies to preparing bulls for the breeding…

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Using Increased Longevity to Reduce Annual Cow Cost

By : Julie Walker, Professor & SDSU Extension Beef Specialist, Courtesy of extension.sdstate.edu When evaluating annual cow cost, feed rises to the top of the list. Feed cost is an important area to consider; however, have you evaluated the cost of incorporating replacement heifers into the cowherd? Cost of developing a pregnant replacement heifer will…

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Diarrhea Can Be Deadly For Calves

Sources : Gerald Stokka, Karl Hoppe, Janna Block   The majority of diarrhea cases occur when calves are 3 to 16 days old. Cattle producers need to be on the lookout for calf diarrhea, according to North Dakota State University Extension livestock experts. The majority of scours, or diarrhea, cases occur when calves are 3…

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