Cow / Calf Corner

Cost-Effective Diets for Pregnant Beef Cows

GARDEN CITY, Kansas – Dry conditions in Kansas and other areas of the Midwest have caused many cow/calf producers to look at more cost-effective ways to adequately feed their herd. One of the hot topics in the beef sector today, especially in dealing with drought, is that more producers are considering confined feeding for cows…

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BeefTalk: Spring Reflections and Calf Deaths

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist   The next week will be busy at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The cows have been turned out on cool-season grass and the yearlings need to be worked. The yearling steers are vaccinated and have been turned out for summer grazing or sent to the feedlot. The center typically…

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Watching bulls closely

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist The first of May is typically a date planned for turning bulls into the breeding pasture with spring-calving adult cows. A good manager keeps an eye on his bulls during the breeding season to make sure that they are getting the cows bred.  Occasionally a bull…

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BeefTalk: Grass Turnout Date is More Than a Desire

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Evidence of the calving season in the northern Great Plains is clear. All one needs to do is drive down any road and look at the pastures. You will see lots of calves bouncing around on warm days. The cows seem content, and one may even notice a producer or…

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Short term calf removal

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Cows that were in marginal body condition score at calving may benefit slightly from the management practice called “short term calf removal”. “Short-term calf removal” is the term that describes the temporary physical separation of the calf from its mother. This removes the nursing stimulus from…

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