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Finishing Young Stock on the Farm

In discussions with cow/calf producers the topic of finishing calves comes up often. Most farmers want a simple way to estimate the cost of doing this rather than selling the calves at some time after weaning in the fall. Click on the link to read more.

Pasture Ready Herds Follow a Plan

Cattle will soon be going on to pastures with the arrival of the warm weather and relatively good moisture situation. The thoughts of the producers now turn to ensuring the lactating cow has ample pasture to produce milk and repair body tissue so the upcoming breeding season goes well. Click on the link to read more.

Understanding Feed Test Terms

Primarily we feed rations to supply energy to the cow at every stage of her life cycle. Energy comes in the form of sugars, starches, fat, cellulose, hemi-cellulose and lignin. Click on the link to read more.

Minerals for Best Performance in Beef Cows

After a producer has been feeding cattle for a few years experience shows that cattle are quite tolerant of mineral levels outside of what would be called normal. Click on the link to read more.

Mineral Consumption Helps Avoid Metabolic Issues

For the majority of cattle herds we are entering the calving stage for beef producers. Some early calving herds had to battle difficult weather all over North America. These dramatic weather events stress cows, calves and farmers. Click on the link to read more.

Evaluating Forages from Feed Test Results

The main purpose for feeding forages to cows is for dietary energy. As the animal transitions from gestation to lactation generally there is not enough energy generated from daily intake of forages alone to meet their body’s needs so grain can be added to make up the difference. Click on the link to read more.

Do We Typically Overfeed Protein & Energy

Those farms where the season was dry are already supplementing their cows to preserve BCS. Forage quality on droughty pastures is good but the amount of forage is less than ideal. Click on link to read more.

Supplementing Cows on Stockpiled Forage

Why do we need to supplement cows grazing late season forages? The answer depends on what forages cows are grazing and what stage they are at in pregnancy. Click on the link to read more.

Decision Making needs time for Critical Thinking

Management of any type requires decisions in a timely fashion. Preparation for likely scenarios involves experience and an understanding of the elements of the decision. The goal is to have the decisions how to respond made ahead of the occurrence so implementation is quick. Click on the link to read more.

Rumen Microbial Populations React to Ration Ingredients

As we look at the great information research is generating we can see two important areas are to be noted. The genetic ability of the beef cow to utilize forages and grains is changing. Also new strains of forages and grains with different fibre and starch levels are available which represent nutritional advantages based on how rumen microbes react to dietary ingredients. Click on the link to read more.

Culling the Herd

The culling of the herd remains one of the tasks that is difficult for the herd manager. Cows who have faithfully produced year after year but have reached an age where it is time to consider ending her time in the herd have to be evaluated for removal. Click on the link to read more.

Planning for Late Fall and Winter Grazing

First cut hay is now mostly put up and thoughts turn to assigning fields for late grazing. Candidate fields may have already been grazed and are now in recovery. Click on link to read more.

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