Stocker Special

Weaning fall-born calves (remember to plan for water needs)

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist   Many cow/calf operations with fall-born calves will wean the calves in mid to late June.  Weaning during very hot summer weather is stressful enough to the calves.  Therefore any management strategy that can reduce stress to the calves should be utilized.  “Fenceline weaning”…

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Help Calves Hit the Ground Running

After calves are on the ground, one of the most important factors to keep cattle gaining is minimizing health challenges, advises H. Nielsen, DVM, Technical Service – Ruminant, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “Diseases in calfhood have a major economic impact on cattle operations,” Dr. Nielsen notes. “There are direct losses from treatment costs or death losses.…

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Is it Profitable to Add Weight and Sell Heavier Feeder Calves this Year?

By : Chris Prevatt   The feeder calves with the greatest value are almost always the heavier calves, but producers must calculate if it is profitable for them to own the cattle longer, and provide the resources to add the additional weight. Photo Credit: Chris Prevatt   The feeder calves with the greatest value are…

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PORTABLE WATER SYSTEMS MAKE ROTATIONAL GRAZING EASIER

BY HEATHER SMITH THOMAS   Rotating livestock through pastures, providing recovery time for parcels recently grazed, can greatly increase pasture production. The drawback for many producers is having to move the temporary fencing and to provide water in each small pasture. Portable water tanks improve the flexibility of rotational grazing systems, being easy to move,…

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Stretching Grass while Maintaining Cattle in the Pasture

By Karla H. Jenkins, UNL Cow/Calf Systems and Stocker Management   As drought conditions worsen through a large portion of the Great Plains, many beef cattle producers are starting to evaluate ways to stretch forage resources potentially in jeopardy. While all producers should have a drought plan which includes trigger dates for removing cattle from…

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