Cow / Calf Corner

BeefTalk: Good Biosecurity a Must for Beef Operations

By: Kris Ringwall The current discussion in cattle circles about bovine tuberculosis certainly brings up mixed emotions. Producers always are concerned when situations are discovered that impact individual herds of cattle. Perhaps a discussion in broader terms would provide some background. Cattle are no different than other living creatures. They are a highly refined and well-…

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Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course to feature market outlook, future of the industry

By: Blair Fannin COLLEGE STATION – The 59th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University in College Station will provide participants an inside look to the future of the industry as well as a snapshot of  potential cattle market trends, course coordinators said. “Our U.S. cattle inventory is at levels not…

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“Preg” Check and Cull Replacement Heifers Early

By: Glenn Selk Many Oklahoma ranchers choose to breed the replacement heifers about a month ahead of the mature cows in the herd.  In addition, they like to use a shortened 45 to 60-day breeding season for the replacement heifers.  The next logical step is to determine which of these heifers failed to conceive in their first…

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BeefTalk: Cow Down

By Kris Ringwall Cows that are staggering or down are close to being dead cows. A typical beef operation should maintain a less than 1 percent death rate for productive cows. Anything greater should trigger a managerial review to target any potential cause. The other day, after a nice, wet spring, the alarm went off.…

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Using “Oklahoma Gold” or “Oklahoma Super Gold” for Replacement Heifers in Mid to Late Summer

By: Glenn Selk Fall born replacement heifers have been (or soon will be) weaned and will be at a very critical growing period.  It is important that they grow at about 1.5 pounds per day from weaning until the start of the breeding season.  Central and Eastern Oklahoma has been fortunate to receive spring rains and…

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