Stocker Special

Rain raises wheat pasture prospects for stocker cattle

By Derrel S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Much of the drought-stricken plains received some rain the past ten days, with a broad swath of the state receiving significant rain this past weekend. Recent rain totals vary from less than one inch up to about three inches. Moisture combined with cooler temperatures…

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Deworming, late summer protein supplementation – Results are Additive

Oklahoma State University beef nutritionists studied the effects of deworming and protein supplementation during late-summer on performance of fall-born heifers grazing native warm-season pastures. Native range protein concentration falls below the requirements for growing cattle during summer and fall. Consequently, oilseed based protein supplements have been shown to consistently and efficiently improve performance of stocker…

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Hot Weather Causes Summer Diseases to be More Prevalent

The summer pasture season started earlier this year for much of the country due to a mild winter and above average temperatures this spring. With that extended season and current weather conditions, stocker operators need to be on the lookout for pinkeye, blackleg and foot rot. According to Dr. Larry Hollis, Kansas State University beef…

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When Worms Won’t Die

by Terri Queck-Matzie Just when you thought you had at least one problem licked, word comes that internal parasites may be developing resistance to common deworming treatments. Dr. Mac Devin, a professional services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., says both over and under treatment can reduce efforts to control parasites, making it important to…

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Like Kerosene on a Brush Fire: Grazing Supplements Can Kick-Start Gains

by Paul Davis, Ph.D Spring and summer often afford cattlemen the  opportunity to utilize grass and small grain pasture to put economical gain on stocker calves. This type of grazing or stockering is a long-standing practice in the beef industry. Lush growing pastures and immature small grains are often very nutritious and subsequently calves perform…

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