Cow / Calf Corner

Brangus provides new selection tools to commercial cattlemen

SAN ANTONIO, Texas– The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) continues to stay on the cutting edge of the latest technology by providing tools for commercial cattlemen to assist in comparing the expected performance of Brangus sired offspring to that of other breeds. These most advanced tools are Calving Ease EPDs, including Calving Ease Direct and…

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Bull management in multi-sire pastures

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist  Before the fall breeding season begins, a few simple management procedures involving the bulls can increase the likelihood of a high pregnancy percentage among the cows.     1) In multi-sire breeding pastures, make certain that the bulls that will be pastured together have been in…

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Mineral Program for Cows on Wheat Pasture

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Many Oklahoma cow calf producers will use wheat pasture as a major source of winter feed for beef cows.  If wheat pasture is the predominant feed in the diet of mature beef cows, providing an appropriate “wheat pasture” mineral mix will be helpful in preventing grass…

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USDA Steps Up to Offer Drought Assistance

by Terri Queck-Matzie “It’s livestock producers who have the greatest need for help in this drought,” says U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Vilsack made his comments at the Iowa Farm Bureau Ag Economic Summit in Ames, Iowa, July 24, where he gave the key note address outlining the USDA’s plans for offering ag producers…

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Why is 45 day weaning to important to feeder calf health?

by Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Animal Science Professor Emeritus Most of the “Value-Added” calf sales require that the calves are weaned at least 45 days prior to sale date.  Some cow calf producers may wonder why the post-weaning period needs to be so lengthy.  Data from Iowa from over a nine year period in…

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