Cow / Calf Corner

Mineral Consumption: It Matters!

By : Adele Harty, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, Courtesy of Cattle mineral nutrition is complex and often confusing, but one strategy to help ranchers better evaluate their mineral program is to monitor mineral consumption. This goes back to the old adage, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Mineral supplement tags provide the…

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Considering retaining your calf crop past weaning this year?

Sources : Lawton Stewart, Extension Beef Cattle SpecialistFrancis Fluharty, Animal and Dairy Science Department HeadJason Duggin, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Current situation, producers are looking at ways to maintain economic livelihood.  One of the ways they can achieve this is through retaining ownership of the calves past weaning.  This can take on different meanings, depending on the…

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Calving Season Benchmarks

By : Olivia Amundson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, Courtesy of Cows that calve on time are the number one indicator that cattle within that operation fit the managerial program. This happens simply from timely reproduction. Reproductive performance of an operation is important to the overall success and bottom line of that operation. Benchmarking…

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How Do Sulfates in Water Affect Livestock Health?

By : Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, Courtesy of Water Testing It is critical that producers be proactive and test their water sources prior to turning livestock into pastures. SDSU Extension offers an on-site quick test at all SDSU Extension regional centers and some SDSU Extension county offices across South Dakota. It is well-documented in Western South Dakota…

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Date Set for 2020 OCA Replacement Female Sale

The 8th annual sale will be November 27 at Muskingum Livestock! The 2020 date for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) eighth annual Replacement Female Sale will be Friday evening, November 27. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Co. in Zanesville, Ohio and will begin at 6:00 p.m. The 2020 OCA Replacement…

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