Livestock

Helping Your Calves Beat the Summer Heat

As summer heats up, you may find yourself spending more time in the pool, enjoying ice-cold drinks and sitting in air conditioning to keep cool. Calves also behave differently in the summer to avoid heat stress. By providing your calves with a proper environment and...

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County Fairs: Still the Biggest ‘Show’ on Earth

For farmers and ranchers, the county fair is the greatest show on earth — nearly 3000 fairs occupying more than a quarter million acres. Maybe the county fair in your county has shrunk in size, but when combined with others across the country it's still quite a show...

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Debunking Four Cattle Mineral Misconceptions

Common mineral misconceptions could be holding cattle back. “It’s too costly.” “My cows won’t eat it.” “We don’t need it where I live.” These are just a few of the common objections to providing cattle with mineral supplementation. But, are these objections fact,...

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Legacy Quest: Why Do You Raise Cattle? [GUEST POST]

Why do you raise cattle? It isn’t a flippant question, but one I want you to deeply consider. You have to make money to survive, but there are easier ways. It’s likely not the impressive health insurance benefits or the bonus pools, sales incentive trips or the...

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New Portable A.I. Barn Keeps Animals and Operators Safe

If you want less stress during breeding and better results during calving, the Silent Sire Portable A.I. Barn from TravAlong could be the solution. This portable barn, designed for the safety of the operator and animal, focuses on comfort and function with...

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Seasonal Horn Flies: How to ‘Beat the Buzz’

Did you know that just a few adult flies can quickly populate to 4,000 flies or more per animal? Pesky horn flies can become prolific in spring. However, early-season planning can help keep fly populations under control all season long. “You need to kill the very...

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Why Cattle Are So Important To Humans

Cattle have contributed to the survival of humans for many thousands of years, initially as animals our hunter-gatherer ancestors pursued for food, tools, and leather, and which farmers raised for the past 10,000 years or so as livestock for meat, milk, and as draft...

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It’s Time to Grab the Bull By the Horns

Let free enterprise flow freely – no government payments of any kind, to anybody for any reason. Let supply and demand/profit and loss set the market. Government intervention simply messes up these natural market forces and allows the dubious manipulation to reap the...

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Keep Watch of Young Cows During Calving

For the long-term health of the cow herd, it's important to give some extra attention to first-calf heifer pairs during calving so they remain healthy and are ready to breed back in the spring. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of first-calf heifers experience...

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A Love For Cattle

Raising cattle was one of the best parts of farming for me.  In particular I enjoyed producing and contributing to high quality beef animals in our registered Simmental herd for quite a few years, but not for as many years as I would have liked. Although producing...

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Tips to Dealing with Water Freezing in the Trough

Although winter weather conditions are extreme, with adequate feed and water supplies South Dakota livestock are designed to withstand these frigid temperatures, said Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director & Professor....

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