Feedlot Focus

Heat Stress in Feedlot Cattle

By : Steve Boyles, OSU Extension Beef Specialist (This article derived from: Kevin F. Sullivan and Terry L. Mader. June 2018. Managing heat stress episodes in confined cattle. Vet Clin Food Anim 34: 325–339 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0749072018300161) Feedlot cattle consuming large amounts of feed and gaining rapidly generate significant amounts of metabolic heat begin to challenge and…

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Balance vs. the trade-off

By : Justin Sexten, Ph.D., Director, Supply Development   One of the big challenges of livestock judging is explaining “balance” to a new evaluator. As we attend county fairs, state previews and junior nationals, we’ll hear the term used to describe cattle in nearly every class. After the judge remarks on the calf’s balance, they’ll…

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Alternative Feeding Options For the Cattle industry

BY ROBERT JONES M.S., RUMINANT NUTRITIONIST, GREAT PLAINS LIVESTOCK CONSULTING, INC   Concerns of drought conditions going into the summer months coupled with dry weather conditions in 2017 and extended  winter conditions in some areas, have caused producers to try and stretch their roughage supplies. With high hay prices and difficultly of procuring traditional roughage…

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Keys To Shade Success

Offering properly designed and positioned shade structures can make a big difference in a feed yard setting. It’s no surprise that airflow and shade can help alleviate heat stress in livestock. Shade can decrease the core body temperature and respiration rate of cattle by reducing solar radiation. And placed in areas where the airflow is…

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SDSU Extension offers Feedlot Shortcourse

BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension is offering a Feedlot Shortcourse as an opportunity for cattle feeders to sharpen their management skills and improve their profit potential. The SDSU Extension Feedlot Shortcourse will be a two-day event held in Brookings at the SDSU Cow/Calf Education and Research Facility classroom (2901 Western Avenue). The event begins at 8:30 AM…

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