Cow / Calf Corner

The 3 stages of parturition

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist As the spring calving season approaches, an increased understanding of the parturition process is helpful.  The more we understand about the physiology of the process, the more likely we are to make sound decisions about providing assistance.  Parturition or “calving” is generally considered to occur in…

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When do we intervene and assist a cow or heifer in labor?

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Before the spring calving season commences, now is the time to put together and post a protocol for family members and hired employees to follow when they find a cow or heifer starting in the process of calving.  An issue facing the rancher at calving time,…

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Cow-calf producers: Plan beyond 2015 to figure out what to do in 2015

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The euphoria of high cattle prices in 2014 leads, for some cow-calf producers, to uneasiness and indecision in 2015.  The question is how to best take advantage of the current market.  The answer to that depends on several factors including; 1) The current status of…

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Severity of winter and impact on calf birth weights

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Does the severity (coldness or mildness) of the winter have an impact on spring-born calf birth weights?  Ranchers have asked that question during many springs and veterinarians have speculated for years.  The debate rages on!   This is obviously a difficult subject to research because you cannot…

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Ways to Extend Fall and Winter Grazing

By: Heather Smith Thomas There are many ways to save money on feeding costs if cows can graze longer into winter, according to Glenn Shewmaker, Extension Forage Specialist, University of Idaho. Annual crops are an option if they have at least 60 to 70 days of growing season to produce enough mass to more than…

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