Stocker Special

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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The Environmental Disease Called Pinkeye

Column by Russ Daly, Professor, SDSU Extension Veterinarian, State Public Health Veterinarian Have you ever thought about how some years get labeled “bad years” for a certain animal disease? There is still talk of how early 2018 was a “bad year” for calf scours. Likewise, there are “bad years” for calf pneumonia and even “bad…

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Why is 45 day weaning important to feeder calf health??

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist   The “Value-Added” calf sales will begin in October.  Therefore some of the required weaning dates are only a few days away.  Most of the “Value-Added” calf sales require that the calves are weaned at least 45 days prior to sale date.  Some cow…

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REGIONAL OPTIONS FOR BACKGROUNDING CALVES

BY HEATHER SMITH THOMAS   Backgrounding can be vastly different from one region or operation to another, depending on climate and what’s available as feed, says Terry Klopfenstein,  Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska. “This period in the calf’s life is the staging factor for our industry. The feedlot hauls cattle to the slaughter plant every…

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K-State Beef Stocker Field Day scheduled for Sept. 20

Event will provide practical information to help producers make decisions in today’s dynamic beef industry   MANHATTAN, Kan. – Quality stocker production strategies, cattle pain management, livestock theft and a panel discussion on how silage fits in growing diets are among topics planned for the 2018 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day on Sept.…

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