Cow / Calf Corner

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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2013 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Focuses on Efficiency

The premier educational event in Iowa for cow-calf producers is offering a comprehensive package of information to attendees next month. The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Byron…

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Winter preparation essential for cattle herd management

The arrival of cold weather across the eastern Corn Belt means cattle producers need to take extra care in managing their livestock. There are a number of techniques producers can employ to help animals maintain rate of gain and to protect cows as they approach the spring calving season. First, feeding high-forage diets or forages…

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