Cattle Management

Categorizing Feedlot Cattle for Better BRD Management

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    By Ronald K. Tessman, DVM, Ph.D. Preventing and managing bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is an ongoing challenge for beef cattle, especially for stocker and feedlot operations, as well as for dairy youngstock. Categorizing cattle for BRD risk level upon arrival at the stocker or feedlot facility can be a helpful management tool to minimize the health and economic […]

Consider feed requirements for beef cattle during cold weather

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The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting colder than normal temperatures in December, which may have a significant impact on livestock in areas that experienced relatively mild fall conditions. North Dakota State University Extension livestock specialists Karl Hoppe and Janna Block note that although most cattle in North Dakota are acclimated to a cold environment, long periods of severe cold may […]

Potential Impacts of a Long Hard Drought on the Subsequent Calving Season

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Karla H. Wilke, UNL Cow/Calf Systems and Stocker Management Drought across the Great Plains has greatly reduced the supply of grass available this grazing season. While many cows went to market to save grass for a core herd, those cows that remain may have had access to limited, dry pastures. Grass in many areas appeared dormant as early as July. […]

Protein supplementation: What should I know before purchasing?

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By Hannah Smith, Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Extension Educator & Travis Mulliniks, UNL Beef Cattle Nutritionist, Range Production Systems Daily energy intake can be a limiting factor for cow performance while grazing winter range or dormant forages. As forages advance in stages of maturity, there is an inadequate supply of crude protein, which effectively limits energy intake and overall intake […]

Cattle Chat: Forages, time of year influence mineral supplementation 

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  K-State beef cattle experts recommend turning to local experts for advice on supplementing cow’s diets By Lisa Moser, K-State Research and Extension news service MANHATTAN, Kan. — Many start their day with a multivitamin to supplement their diet in hopes of being as healthy as possible. In much the same way, mineral supplementation can overcome deficiencies in the grasses […]

Corn Price and Dry Distiller Grain Price Relationship

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By Brenda Boetel, Professor Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin – River Falls Corn price and Dry Distiller’s Grains tend to move in the same direction. There are years where this is the exception, including 2017 and 2020. When examining weekly Kansas City corn price data and 10% Dry Distillers Grain price data from May 2006 to March 2022, the correlation […]

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