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Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter

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With winter weather fast approaching, it’s time for beef farmers to develop and finalize their winter herd management plans. Cold temperatures bring added stress on cattle as they adjust to temperature fluctuations, wind, snow, rain and mud.

Preparing for Spring Calving

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The more preparation put in prior to calving, the easier your calving season should be. Now is the time to make sure your spring calving herd is in good body condition, you have the right equipment on hand, and calving areas are prepared.

Why Cattle Farmers Fall Calve

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There are many reasons to choose fall as your calving season, including weather, cattle health, & market conditions. If you run beef cattle, here’s what to consider.

Property Layout for a Small Beef Cattle Ranch

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Have you considered raising beef cattle? Before you bring the first head of cattle onto your land you must determine what type of operation you want to run. The two most popular types are cow/calf and stocker operations. While both operations will require pasture and feeding systems, cattle-handling equipment and loading (transportation) facilities, planning for your specific operation will make life easier once the cattle arrive.

Livestock Minerals Series: Supplementation Boosts Herd Health, Reduces Nutrient Deficiency, and Increases Farm Operation Profits

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For cattle and dairy farmers, who have a lot riding on their operations, ensuring that livestock have the nutrients they need is a crucial factor in maintaining herd health and farm profitability.

Develop a Barn Emergency Evacuation Plan

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Disasters cannot be scheduled on a calendar, but the damage may be mitigated with advance planning. The American Red Cross suggests developing an emergency farm, barn and animal evacuation plan.

Beef Cattle Mineral Supplementation

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Minerals make up a small (but extremely important portion) of dry matter consumed by beef cattle. When it comes to selecting the appropriate mineral for your herd it’s important to look at a number of factors.

How To Find The Best Livestock Vet

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For livestock owners with cattle, sheep, goats or chickens, a large-animal or food-animal veterinarian can be hard to find. In many areas of the United States, fewer and fewer livestock veterinarians are finding themselves covering larger and larger territories.

Pinkeye Control on Your Beef Operation

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As pinkeye season approaches, it’s time for beef producers to take preventive steps to control this contagious, costly disease. Pinkeye losses can exceed $100 per incidence in beef cattle. Norm Stewart, D.V.M., M.S., Manager of Technical Services for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, offers best management practices for preventing pinkeye.

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