Cow / Calf Corner

OSU Extension Offers Beef Cattle School Jan. 28, Feb. 18 and March 11, 2014

By: Tracy Turner COLUMBUS, Ohio – Beef cattle producers who want boost their profit potential and become more competitive in the cattle industry can learn how by attending the 2014 Ohio Beef Cattle School series Jan. 28, Feb. 18 and March 11, 2014, taught by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.…

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BeefTalk: What’s in the Bull Soup?

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Buying bulls is like making soup. You put in a bit of this and a bit of that and in the end, you have good soup. Likewise, a piece of this and a piece of that and you assemble a good bull. Unlike the soup you make from scratch, the…

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Breeding Heifers on Wheat Pasture

By: Glenn Selk Many areas of the Eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma have grown some wheat pasture for use as winter feed.  Some producers may have questions about the utilization of wheat pasture for growing replacement heifers before, during, and after their first breeding season.  Unsatisfactory breeding performance has occasionally been anecdotally reported when replacement heifers have…

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It is Time to Begin the Early Evening Feeding

By: Glenn Selk It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality. Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the use of larger beef breeds and cattle with larger birth weights. On most ranching operations, supervision of the first calf heifers will be best accomplished in daylight…

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

By: Glenn Selk December 9, 2013 For at least three decades, beef cattle scientists have studied body condition of cows and its impact on productivity.  Cows in better body condition at calving time and breeding nearly always seem to out-perform counter parts that are in thinner body condition.  However, some things do change.  Some examples…

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