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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.

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.

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.

Feeding Cattle for Fertility

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A cow that doesn’t produce a calf each year is a profit drainer rather than a profit gainer for any cow-calf operation. In an ideal world, each cow in your herd will be pregnant for 285 days and then breed back within 80 days, giving you a calf every year (within every 12 months). To accomplish this feat, your cow needs to be at the top of her nutritional game.

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.

Creep Feeding Calves

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Determining whether or not to creep feed calves is one of the most complex economic decisions a producer has to make.

Beef Cattle Minerals in Fall

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Even if you have taken the time to store hay and silage for the coming months when grass is sparse, you still have more preparations to make. As the temperatures start to dip, it’s time to reevaluate your fall cattle mineral requirements.

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.

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.

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