Cow / Calf Corner

Don’t wait to feed the cows

The drought has put a tremendous pressure on many of the cows around the country. Even if winter has not hit your part of the country, it’s not too early to start feeding cows, according to information from North Dakota Beef Specialist Kris Ringwall. “Thin cows must be fed, and fall is a good time…

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Determining the amount of colostrum needed for a newborn calf

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Calves born after a difficult birth are at a high risk of failing to receive adequate colostrum by natural suckling because of greatly decreased colostrum intake. Calves that are born to a prolonged stage II of parturition (delivery through the pelvic canal) very often suffer from…

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Feeding for cold weather

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist   The major effect of cold on nutrient requirement of cows is increased need for energy. To determine magnitude of cold, lower critical temperature for beef cows must first be estimated. For cows with a dry winter hair coat the lower critical temperature is considered to be 32…

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Webinar for ranch advisors to focus on drought planning

A spring webinar series will provide drought planning techniques and technologies to advisors seeking to help Great Plains ranchers manage through drought. The webinars are scheduled from January through May 2013, on the last Wednesday of each month. What happens from January through May will be really critical," said Lynn Myers, a Sandhills rancher who…

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Environment, body impact size winter calf nutrition

The care for dairy cattle needs to change in the winter to meet the animals' higher maintenance requirements. "Calves are particularly susceptible to cold stress, especially during the first three to four weeks of age before they begin consuming measurable quantities of calf-starter grain," says J.W. Schroeder, North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist.…

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