The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Soybeans may be viable cattle feed option
    Soybeans can be used as a protein supplement for beef cattle, as long as the beans are a small part of the cattle’s diet.
  • Quick tips for using Clostridial
    During a Cattlemen’s College session this past winter, in Phoenix, Ariz. Victor Cortese offered tips to ensure efficacy of clostridial vaccinations in cattle. Cortese is a veterinarian and director of cattle and equine immunology for Zoetis.
  • Prepare your calf for kindergarten
    Clint Krehbiel discussed ways to reduce stress in weaned calves during a Ranching for Profitability meeting in Gordon, Nebraska.
  • Windrow Grazing: An alternative to feeding hay in the fall and winter
    Windrow grazing of warm season annual forages such as foxtail millet, sudan grass and sorghum x sudan grass hybrids can provide an excellent way to harvest these forages when they are at an optimum for quality.
  • Increasing retention of May calving 2-year-old heifers in the cowherd
    A combination of low quality grass and the increased nutrient demands of lactation and growth for the heifer can result in a nutrient deficiency that reduces the chances of the heifer rebreeding with her second calf.
  • Weaning: Avoid these 3 common pitfalls
    No matter your definitions, having a plan in place can help you avoid weaning pitfalls and, ultimately, failure during this critical time frame.
  • Managing dust in open beef feedlots
    Application of water to the feedlot surface is the most common and effective method of dust control. This method should begin well in advance of dust becoming a problem.
  • Tips to consider when stacking and storing hay this season
    Taking current hay prices into account, last year’s decreased forage production and future forage needs, storage options may need to be re-evaluated sooner than later.
  • New bulletin shows how to calculate, apply Animal Unit Months
    How to estimate and calculate Animal Unit Months and Animal Unit Equivalents to help manage for sustainable grazing and maintaining federal grazing permits is explained in a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.
  • Pinkeye and foot rot a rancher’s headache
    Fly problems are prevalent in some parts of North Dakota this year, North Dakota State University Extension livestock specialists warn.
    Horn, face and stable flies all are irritating to cattle, but stable flies have been particularly bothersome.
  • Spotlight on Economics: Cattle price volatility continues
    Several producers recently expressed their frustration with the volatility in cattle prices.
    Price movements of several dollars can occur from one day to the next, and cash and futures market prices even seem to move in opposite directions at times. Of course, uncertainty causes market volatility, and a number of supply and demand challenges are adding to market uncertainty.
  • Nutrition plays key role in heifer retention
    Focusing on nutritional management during two key periods can improve the chances of heifers cycling and becoming pregnant.
  • Cattle pest control vital on the ranch
    Integrated pest management concepts that are commonplace for controlling crop pests also apply to controlling livestock pests.
  • Drought: Optimize with a herd mix
    Optimizing a herd mix of different animal classes (i.e., cows and yearlings) offer different degrees of flexibility in management. 
  • Preventing early embryonic losses
    Shipping cattle immediately after AI (days 1-4) is best as the embryo is still in the oviduct and is less susceptible to stress and associated uterine changes.
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