Cow / Calf Corner

Shift in parasite population may be costing you

There’s a new public enemy No. 1 when it comes to internal parasites in cattle and it may be costing you. A new study shows that Cooperia reduces intake and rate of gain. Cooperia has become the most prevalent internal parasite in U.S. cattle operations according to research data from USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring…

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Comparing mineral supplements using the label

By: Paul Davis Summer is a busy time of year for beef producers and their livestock. Fall-calving cows may be “mending up” after weaning a calf. Whereas, spring-calvers are often at late lactation and breeding season is just completed. All these stages of production are very important to the financial health of a beef operation.…

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Culling order – when to let your cows go when forage is limited

By: Glenn Siek Many producers are currently being faced with limited forage availability due to drought and/or fire. One of the first management tools that should be evaluated for cow/calf producers is to cull poorer producing cows and capture their value at a time when the prices for cows and culled replacement heifers are strong…

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Hi Mag minerals – more than just magnesium

By: Paul Davis Although some of the High Plains is in a drought, other parts of the nation have an abundance of rain, which leads to lush and growing pastures. With those beautiful green pastures comes another challenge — grass tetany season. In an effort to mitigate loss, the time-tested practice of providing cattle with…

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Sustained nutrition for lifetime performance

By: Lee Dickerson The list includes: diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, renal failure, cardiovascular disease and hyperlipidemia. The word “Epigenetics” has emerged as “the idea that environmental factors (to include nutrition, weather, or any outside stressors on the genetic pool), which cause the gene pool to behave differently even though the genes do not…

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