Grazing sheep, goats, and cattle together can enhance pasture stewardship and open up new market opportunities. Providing further insight is Dr. Clay Elliott, small ruminant nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition.
The last new molecule for internal parasite control was introduced into the marketplace nearly 15 years ago. Managing risk, which includes parasite management, is a key component of operational sustainability. It has been said one cannot manage what one does not measure.
Water is the most essential nutrient for cattle production. Purina cattle nutritionist Dr. Jon DeClerck offers strategies to keep your water sources open and clear to drink to optimize your cattle’s performance during winter.
It is extremely important to keep records in the cattle industry because to be successful, a producer must treat his cattle as a business and try to make a profit. Therefore, performance records need to be kept as these records drive the profit/loss of the business.
Whether you’re in an area suffering from drought or not, cattle feed cost is the single largest expense in the cow-calf sector, and prices are still on the rise. Maximize efficiency and minimize waste to help cut feed costs without impacting production.
Summer and fall are critical times to keep an eye on cattle that graze where Johnsongrass is present due to the risk of prussic acid toxicity. Ranch manager Clark Roberts (Noble Research Institute) outlines steps to help prevent cattle from ingesting too much of the toxin.
Fly control for cattle works best when approached from more than one targeted control point (TCP). The first is the breeding grounds. The second TCP for grazing cattle is on-animal. Planning now to prevent and control flies can help put you pounds and dollars ahead this fall.
Focusing on factors like body condition score and estrus intensity for breeding season success, Clint Sexson from All West Beef/Select Sires explains the three keys to help set your AI breeding program up for success.
Surviving USDA and state government predator protection regulations are getting heinous to all types of livestock producers. [Commentary by Darol Dickinson, general manager of Dickinson Cattle Co. Inc.]
One day in the not-too-distant future, you may walk into your local supermarket and next to the ground beef, you will see something different. It will look like ground beef, and it might even say “ground beef” on the label, but somewhere in impossibly small type, it will also say “cultured.” However, this new product will not be the same beef we have all come to know and love.
Even though there was some uncertainty in the cattle industry in 2021, 2022 is already looking more optimistic. Three cattle industry experts from Purina share perspectives you can use going into 2022 and reflect on the past year in the beef business.
Have cattle to feed? Not every ranch, pen, or feedlot is alike or ideally suited to handle the same class of cattle. There is a long checklist of ways cattlemen can help themselves when selecting a feedyard.
Reproductive decisions, determining heifer cyclicity, and breeding problem cows are just a few reasons to detect estrus with breeding indicator patches.
If your operation is considering making the move to fall calving, you’re bound to reap the financial benefits, but be faced with several cold-weather nutrition, herd health, and fence management challenges. As you prepare for a switch to fall calving, consider these tips.
When Darrell Franke, an 81-year-old rancher died he left about 100 head of cattle and the land they ran on to Jorge and San Juanita Padilla. The couple had worked for Franke for many years, helping care for his land and livestock in Texas. The only problem? Franke’s children thought they, not the Padillas, should inherit it.
At the foundation of your herd is a decision you probably only make a couple of times a year. Make sure it’s always one that moves toward your target. If you want better cattle, buy better bulls.
“Judge not – that ye be not judged” are right words to live by and should be the motto of every spectator standing at ring-side second-guessing the livestock judge – worse than a “Monday morning quarterback.”
Most everything I ever accomplished, I owe to 4-H. Not only did I pledge my head, hands, heart, and health to better living, I pledged my life. Though I give my Dad a lot of credit for the successful 4-H years of my life, it was the County Extension Agents that really made it happen.