Cow / Calf Corner

BeefTalk: Step 1 for Buying a Bull: Find the Base Herd EPD Values

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist The first step when buying a new bull is to access the traits of the old bulls. Breeding programs tend to be long term, and the current herd is a product of the old bulls. Let’s not get hung up on numbers. Instead, let’s ask and answer some questions. As…

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Plan now for colostrum needs this spring

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist It is not too soon to begin to prepare for the spring calving season.  Locating, obtaining, and storing several doses of colostrum or colostrum replacer will come in handy before the first heifers start to go into labor.  Calves born after a difficult birth are at…

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Evaluate udder soundness soon after calving to use as culling criteria

Glenn Selk, OSU Professor Emeritus, Oklahoma State University Every year at “preg” checking time, ranchers evaluate cows and make decisions as which to remove from the herd.  One criteria that should be examined to cull cows is udder quality.  Beef cattle producers are not as likely to think about udder health and shape as are…

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Results of Adjusting Feed Levels for Cows During Cold Weather

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Beef cow nutritionists have known that cow energy requirements increase in cold weather. There is not much we can do about the weather, however adjustments in the diet of the range beef cows can mitigate the effects of the winter weather. Many years ago, a northern…

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Using wheat pasture as a winter supplement for cows

Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Limited grazing of wheat pasture has proven to be the best and also more efficient approach for utilizing this high-quality forage with mature beef cows.  The protein requirements of a dry cow can be met by allowing her to graze on wheat pasture for one…

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