Cold weather and calving go hand in hand this time of year. Cows are remarkably cold tolerant but neonatal calves do not have ability as cows do. Cows have a large body mass plus a rumen that is generating heat, calves do not have the mass nor a rumen to help them during cold spells. Additio… Read more

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CattleFax has introduced its annual Cow-Calf Survey. Information requested in the survey provides participants and the rest of the industry with valuable data regarding industry benchmarks and… Read more

As we prepare for spring calving, an important health concern in young calves is navel ill which can lead to joint ill. Navel ill occurs shortly after birth when bacteria from the environment … Read more

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Being ready and prepared before the start of calving season can make life much easier for cow-calf producers and potentially save a calf. By the time calving season starts, you need everything… Read more

While we’ve been fortunate enough to have a mild fall so far, winter feed resources are looking to be a hot commodity with high hay and corn prices. As you start planning your winter feeding s… Read more

This will be the third year the Iowa State University cow herd in Ames will be using swath grazing for its winter feed. Forage sorghum and German millet have been the plant species used at the… Read more

Although I usually emphasize energy and protein intake when planning winter cow nutrition, ensuring adequate vitamin A intake is also important. Vitamin A is the vitamin most likely to be defi… Read more

So far, fingers crossed, this fall/winter season has been much warmer than previous years. Past images of new-born calves being warmed up in trucks, and busy veterinarians made me wonder about… Read more

What does it cost to run a cow on your operation? How do you calculate the costs? How do you value raised feed, labor, equipment, as well as replacement females grown on the ranch? These quest… Read more

Corn residue can be a valuable grazing resource for cattle. This year especially with a fairly dry fall and start to winter, stalks have maintained quality and been available for grazing for q… Read more

Reproductive performance in the cowherd is low in heritability, meaning it is largely influenced by environment, particularly nutrition. Mature Weight (MW) is moderate in heritability (35%) me… Read more

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A high percentage of the U.S. beef herd resides in areas of the country where moderately to extremely cold winter temperatures are common. By planning for winter weather, ranchers can avoid be… Read more

There are many ways to extend grazing. Dr. Tim DelCurto, Range Beef Cattle Nutrition & Management, Montana State University, says some range operations can extend grazing into winter, but … Read more

Regardless of when and how many calves you will wean, methods of reducing stress on fresh weaned calves is of great interest to cattlemen and of benefit to cow-calf operations. Traditional met… Read more

The body condition scoring system (BCS) is used to assess body energy reserves in beef cows. The BCS system used for beef cattle ranges from 1 to 9. A score of 1 indicates cows that are thin a… Read more

Nebraska beef producers and corn growers can enhance both entities of their operation through attending the inaugural 2021 Cover Crop Grazing Conference scheduled for November 16th, 2021. This… Read more

Replacement heifers are traditionally kept to lead the genetic progress of the cow herd. These females, whether raised or purchased, need to have targeted development from birth to calving in … Read more

Pasture and rangeland forage shortages have producers looking for other feeds to supply nutrients needed by their livestock. Additionally, many crops did not produce the same quality of produc… Read more