The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Managing cattle health at turnout time
    Spring turnout to the pasture is a good time for producers to review their cow-calf health management plans, according to North Dakota State University Extension livestock experts.
  • The many benefits of adding yeast cultures to creep feeds
    Yeast culture and yeast cell wall components are effective products that have been fed to cattle for years and have been shown to exhibit a variety of beneficial properties that positively impact animal performance and health.
  • Water development worth the investment
    Last year’s drought dried up many ponds and dugouts or compromised the quality of the water in them, forcing North Dakota livestock producers to haul water or install an alternative water source.Producers in many counties reported going into the winter of 2017-18 short to very short on available surface water, according to surveys North Dakota State University Extension agents conducted.
  •  Transition planning should be tackled early in life
    An elderly rancher passes away. His son, who is in his 50s, takes over the operation with no real ranching skills. The son seeks help from a neighboring rancher asking questions about when to wean calves and what shots to give. He had spent most of his life as a glorified hired hand. His father had never let him make any decisions or taught him about ranch management.
  • N.D. Angus Calf Feed-out Program Set

    Cattle producers will have an opportunity to see how Angus-sired cattle from their operation perform in a feedlot during the North Dakota Angus University (NDAU) calf feed-out program this summer and fall.

  • Reasons to mud and manure score cattle
     Mud and manure affects animal performance, decreasing average daily gain 255 to 37%, dry matter intake 15% to 30% and feed efficiency 20% to 33%. 
  • Assistance available for above-normal livestock losses
    Some livestock producers have lost cattle in blizzards this winter and spring, and others are concerned about losing calves as winter weather continues into the 2018 calving season.
  • Proper timing of pasture turnout critical for drought recovery
    North Dakota’s drought-stressed pastures, especially pastures stressed during the fall of 2017, should receive special care this spring to help them recover from the drought, North Dakota State University Extension Service grazing experts advise.
  •  Enhance pregnancies this breeding season

    Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids are a simple and effective part of  management strategies aimed to improve beef herd reproductive performance
  • How to prevent grass tetany
    Grass tetany is also called grass staggers because when cattle become susceptible they start to stagger around and will go down on their side. One of the first symptoms is general lack of coordination.
  • Frost-seed legumes now to improve cattle and pastures
    Frost seeding is a method of broadcasting seeds over frozen pastures. This no-till method works seeds into the soil as it freezes and thaws during the transition between winter and spring. You also can let cattle trample the ground after seeding to work seeds into the soil.
  • Handle vaccines with care to improve herd health
    Because of the importance of a vaccination program, it is critical to handle vaccines properly. There are three time periods when proper vaccine handling is crucial: during transportation, on-farm storage and during use.
  • Calving Book Technology: There’s an app for that
    From keeping track of markets, banking, and now even calving records, there’s an app for that too.
  • Managing snow in the feedlot
    f snow is not removed, it can reduce animal performance, lead to increased mud, and increase manure loss from the feedlot surface.
  • Preventing dystocia before calving season starts
    It is estimated 11% of heifers and 4% of cows need some assistance during calving each year.
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