Livestock

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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Dealing with Snowstorms for Cattle on Winter Range

Ranchers with cattle on winter pastures have a few management strategies to help them cope with the large snowstorm that impacted much of Western South Dakota along with the major ice storm across the Northeastern part of the state. Below, Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension...

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The Centerpiece of Christmas is the Stable

Thank God for livestock at the time of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! With the stench of the election still blowing in the wind, Christmas comes as a breath of fresh air. Like that of cleaning the barn and refurbishing it with the amenities of golden...

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When the Farm and Ranch Economy are at Stake

Commodity prices are on the decline and will probably continue on that path until the election is over. But what will happen after the election – will there be more of the same or will there be change? With the recent forecast of U.S. farm incomes hitting their lowest...

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