Stocker Special

How to Prepare a Health Management Plan for your Stockers

  Just like any group of livestock you are handling, you need a solid health management plan for your stocker cattle. After being freshly weaned from their mamas or hauled in by a semi, these young, stressed cattle can be more susceptible to sickness than older calves. Knowing what kind of cattle you’ll be getting…

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Mineral feeding can reduce the risk of grass tetany next spring

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist   Much of Oklahoma and the Southern Plains will have wheat pasture to utilize as winter feed for stocker cattle, replacement heifers, and in some cases for adult cows.  At, and after calving time next January, February, and March “grass tetany” could occur in…

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Growing weaned heifers on wheat pasture

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist   Many areas 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…

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Cut Retreat Costs Without Cutting Corners

Cattle producers looking to increase their margin always have an eye on reducing expenses. A line item that always stings is retreatment costs for respiratory disease.  “It can be frustrating to think that your first line of treatment didn’t solve the problem,” notes H. Nielsen, DVM, Technical Service – Ruminant, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “In addition…

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Good opportunities for winter wheat grazing

By : Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist   There appears to be considerable interest and excitement about winter wheat grazing this year.  The September 11 USDA-NASS Crop Progress report shows 2 percent of Oklahoma winter wheat planted, equal to the previous five-year average for that date.  Planting progress may jump…

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