The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Weather events create need for haying, grazing and silage options
    “The good news is there are haying, grazing and silage options,” said Beth Doran, beef specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “But, before a final decision is implemented, producers should check with their crop insurance agents about their alternative plans.”
  • Adjusting pasture and hay ground leases for 2019
    Where there is significant damage from flooding to pastures, hayland, or alfalfa, should the rental rate be adjusted for 2019? The answer lies in the characteristics of the individual situation.
  • Planning for a muddy breeding season
    Early calving spring cow herds have wrapped up calving and are preparing for breeding season. If you are having flashbacks to breeding in the mud of 2018; try approaching this year with an open mind and review breeding season protocols with a “mud” backup plan.
  • Importance of cow nutrition from calving through breeding
    For cows to start cycling, conceive and maintain a 365 day calving interval, it is important that thin cows, those in a less than a body condition score of 5, be gaining weight from calving through breeding. 
  • Neb. rancher shares lessons from  transition of crops to grazing to retirement
    At 72 years-old, Plainview, Neb. farmer Wayne Rasmussen has lived life with an open mind and a willingness to learn. It’s resulted in some unique accomplishments for Rasmussen and his wife Judy.
  • Breeding Season: Resources to review for 2019
    There are several Extension resources that can be helpful in preparing for the upcoming breeding season.
  • Ways to stretch cash flow
    Over time, negative cash flows will put farm and ranch businesses, and the lifestyle of the owners, at serious risk. Here are ideas on how to help farmers and ranchers bring cash to the operation.
  • Communication key in successful Sims family ranching business
    Members of the Sims family met with a financial planner, and that meeting resulted in a lot of realizations. “All these goals, not just for the ranch, but for life, came out in this process,” Shanon explains. They tackled hard questions about what they wanted from life, and what they enjoy about the ranch. From the meeting came a three-part goal that addressed production, lifestyle and landscape.
  • Overeating in calves can cause fatalities overnight
    A calf with enterotoxemia may appear and act healthy, then develop a distended abdomen, scours, or exhibit signs of abdominal pain such as throwing itself on the ground, and kicking at its belly. 
  • Extruded soybeans offer way to extend pastures for cattle producers

    Low prices for soybeans have enticed some cattle producers to turn to soybeans as a supplemental feed source this year.  It’s not a new idea. One couple who lives along the South Dakota-Nebraska border drives 250 miles to Ramona, S.D., to pick up bagged extruded soybeans. They believe the extra protein in the beans adds a lot of nutrition, helping the animals develop muscle instead of fat. 

  • How to maximize the space in your trailer
    Packing a trailer for a show can feel like a life-size version of Tetris. You have a limited amount of space with a long list of show supplies, equipment and feed that you and your livestock will need when you reach your destination. It doesn’t take a high-level engineering class to figure out how to pack your trailer, but it does take some pre-planning, time and organization.
  • Grazing Lands Biology Workshop set for Jan. 9-11
    A workshop on the ways to manage grazing lands effectively will be held Jan. 9-11, 2019, at the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC).
  • More newborn calf tips
    Second in a two-part series on calf care in the first minutes after birth
  • Newborn calves: Do’s and don’ts
    It’s a good idea to spend some time thinking about your calving procedures. And, although most management practices related to calving are done with the best intentions, not all are helpful to the calf or the cow, says Amanda Fordyce, a technical calf consultant with Milk Products LLC
  • How to overcome the challenges of feeding on wet ground
    Just because it is November, and you still have green grass, don’t think your cattle are getting the nutrients they need as they graze. Due to the time of year and shorter days, those forages aren’t likely to be as nutrient-dense as they are in early spring or summer, and you will want to be sure to supplement your herd accordingly.
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