Cow / Calf Corner

Trigger Dates and Stocking Rates: Drought Mitigation Cornerstones

By: Cindy Tusler  Two big questions weigh on ranchers’ minds every year, but especially during droughts: When is the moisture going to come, and how much?  Drought response planning is standard operating procedure for ranchers in the Panhandle, where drought is a normal part of the climate. But it’s more important than ever in 2013. As…

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Limit Feeding Can Be a Tool to Stretch Limited Forage Supplies for Cow-Calf Producers

By: Karla H. Jenkins With limited winter precipitation and little to no residual standing forage from 2012, the effects of drought continue to plague area ranchers. When deciding how to handle limitations of feed resources, it is important to review the nutrient needs of the cow and her production cycle. A non-lactating cow in mid pregnancy…

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Substitute vs. supplement: Tips to make the most of your summer pasture

Shoreview, Minn. [May 21, 2013] – Managing a pasture through the summer requires planning. A managed pasture can help keep cows in proper body condition and prevent summer lulls in pasture performance. That’s according to Chad Zehnder, cattle consultant for Purina Animal Nutrition. He says that managed pastures can typically support the cow-calf herd from summer…

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Spring Time Storms and the Cow Herd

By: Glenn Selk Spring time is thunderstorm season across the Plains.  As we observed this week, spring storms occasionally bring severe winds or even tornadoes.  Cleaning up after a severe storm is difficult enough.  Losing valuable cattle brings additional financial hardship to the situation.  Cattle loss can occur in several scenarios.  Livestock may be killed, lost,…

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Transfer Factor – An effective way to prevent disease

By: Heather Smith Thomas Cattle producers deal with disease by vaccination for prevention, and anti-microbial drugs for treatment. The use of drugs is questioned today however, due to increasing numbers of drug-resistant pathogens, and the issue of drug residues in meat if drugs are not used appropriately. Some beef producers and veterinarians are looking at alternatives to…

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