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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Benefits Of Feeding Quality Forage To Beef Cattle

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The first step in creating a quality pasture is to select grasses and legumes that will thrive in your soil & environment. Grasses known to produce quality forage are fescue, orchardgrass, timothy, ryegrass, and bermudagrass.

Fall and Winter Cattle Care

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Fall and winter are traditionally the toughest seasons for animals that spend the majority of their time outside. For farmers there are choices to be made as to just how many and which beef or dairy cattle that they want to carry through the winter.

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