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Crop Residue Exchange Updated and Available for Listings

By: Jay Parsons, Nebraska Extension Farm and Ranch Management Specialist, Daren Redfearn, Nebraska Extension Forage and Crop Residue Specialist & Mary Drewnoski, Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Specialist The Crop Residue Exchange continues to link cattle producers to available grazing resources. To date, a majority of the listings have been for available corn residue. Crop producers…

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Management Considerations for Backgrounding Calves

By: Steve Boyles, OSU Beef Extension Specialist Consider a number of factors before retaining calves for backgrounding. Backgrounding is the growing of steers and heifers from weaning until they enter the feedlot for finishing. Backgrounding and Stocker cattle are similar although backgrounding is sometimes associated with a drylot, and stockering cattle is thought of as…

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Why Consider Backgrounding a Calf?

By: Stan Smith, PA, Fairfield County OSU Extension The recent packing house fire in Kansas has the potential to cause a backlog in feedyards that pressures feeder calf prices this fall. Backgrounding calves for later sale is an alternative. Typically, when feed prices go down, we see feeder calf prices begin to climb as a…

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Fall and winter stocker grazing prospects

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist By late August some wheat producers are looking ahead to fall and winter grazing prospects.  Much of Oklahoma has received rain the past two weeks with amounts quite variable in different regions.  It appears that available moisture and favorable soil temperatures will support plans…

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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 September and continue in the fall months.  Therefore some of the required weaning dates have already past and others are only a few days away.  Most of the “Value-Added” calf sales require that the calves are weaned at…

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