Cow / Calf Corner

Are the replacement heifers ready for the fall breeding season?

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Fall-calving herds will be breeding replacement heifers in late November.  Now is the time to make certain that those heifers are ready for the upcoming breeding season. Immunize the heifers.  Ask your large animal veterinarian about proper immunizations for yearling replacement heifers.  Replacement heifers should…

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Start selecting 2020 Illinois Performance Tested bulls

By: Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension URBANA, Ill. – Seedstock breeders should be identifying bulls they plan to consign to the 2020 Illinois Performance Tested (IPT) Bull Sale. The IPT Bull Sale is the leadoff event for the annual Illinois Beef Expo. The sale is scheduled for February 20, 2020, at the Illinois State…

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Weaning Management of Beef Calves

Courtesy of: Oregon State University Weaning is considered one of the most stressful periods in the productive life of a beef calf. During the weaning process, calves are exposed to various stressors that include removal from their dam, physiological changes (actively developing lean tissue or muscle), castration, vaccination, dehorning, exposure to novel pen or pasture…

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The Cull Cow Market is Looking Up

By: David P. Anderson, Professor and Extension Economist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Cull cow prices continued their slow increase into September. Prices in the Southern Plains reached their high of the year, so far, at $54.36 at the end of August. That was 12.5 percent higher than a year ago. There is some good…

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Calf Preconditioning: The Best for Both Worlds

By: Jon Seeger, DVM, Veterinary Operations, Pfizer Animal Health Nearly all cow/calf producers will say their goal is to sell calves for a premium on sale day. However, most buyers will say their objective is to buy healthy calves as economically as possible. While these may seem like competing interests, both buyers and sellers can…

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