Stocker Special

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

  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. 20. “We are excited to host the 19th annual edition of the KSU Beef Stocker Field…

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Considerations for Buying Feeder Calves

Health. Source. Genetics. Size. Condition. All of these are factors that cattle buyers should take into account when buying their next load of calves to background on grass or put into a feedlot. A healthy calf is going to eat and grow more efficiently so health is of the utmost importance. Be sure to know…

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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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