Cow / Calf Corner

Cow age and cow productivity (When is she too old?)

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist   October is traditionally calf weaning and cow culling month for spring calving operations.  At cow culling time, producers often face some tough decisions.  Optimum culling of the herd often seems to require a sharp crystal ball that could see into the future.  If…

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Time to Body Condition Score Your Cow Herd

By : Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, SDSU Animal Science Department, Courtesy of iGrow.org   Weaning is a good time to evaluate your cows to determine average body condition score of your herd. What does a body condition score (BCS) tell you? It is a visual estimate of the energy balance of the…

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BeefTalk: Add Value to Market Cows and Bulls

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Preparing market cows and bulls is a timeless function of beef operations. Individual producer goals determine how many cows will remain in the herd and how many will shift to the market column. The resulting two numbers – market cow rate and replacement rate – impact the base…

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What to do when preg check doesn’t go your way

Rule out nutritional culprits and plan for above-average breeding results next round.   Arden Hills, Minn. [September 26, 2018] – You think you’re doing everything possible to prepare for a great pregnancy check, but are you seeing the payoff? Are you hitting a 90 to 95 percent pregnancy rate? If your results are average or…

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BeefTalk: Market Cows and Bulls Rather Than Cull

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Fall is the time for breeding cattle inventory reconciliation. Factors such as the availability of feed, labor and desire will be part of the review. The outcomes of this review really set the future for the cow-calf enterprise and the degree of managerial pressure through cattle numbers a…

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