Despite current challenges, cow-calf producers raise the bar on furnishing consistent, efficient, high-quality beef. Read more

The addition of any new animal creates the potential for introduction of disease into the resident herd. One way to help prevent new disease introduction is by working with a veterinarian to d… Read more

With summer in full gear it is a good time to evaluate how your fly control program is working. When horn fly numbers are greater than 200 flies per animal we see significant production losses… Read more

Occasionally the question of whether creep feeding is a cost-effective practice comes up. The simple answer for commercial cow/calf operations is “not in most circumstances”. This is particula… Read more

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As conditions continue to deteriorate across South Dakota, producers are implementing drought management plans, and a part of the plan should include culling criteria for the cow herd. The pri… Read more

One issue in the buying and selling of cattle that is often not considered until a problem arises is the health aspects of the transaction. While every business deal involves some risk, includ… Read more

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Farming in the winter is usually not a livestock producer’s favorite time of the year. But, if I must give it a positive aspect, the lack of flies and other flying pests make it somewhat enjoy… Read more

As superstitions go, if you compose an article about drought, it will surely rain right before it goes to press. I sure hope so for those that need it. While much of Iowa has been spared from … Read more

Cow-Calf production represents a long-term investment in land and cattle. Accordingly, there is considerable economic value in correctly managing the genetics, calving seasons, weaning and mar… Read more

A confirmation of trichomoniasis in a herd will likely initiate knots in the pits of stomachs, feelings of dread and concern for a farm’s future. Read more

Bulls on pasture during the breeding season are vulnerable to many health risks, including lameness and pinkeye. Unfortunately for cattle producers, the list doesn’t end there. Injuries, parti… Read more

Veterinarians and cattle producers have long embraced pre-weaning vaccines as effective tools to help reduce the impact of respiratory disease in calves following the stress of weaning. Vaccin… Read more

The saying ‘knowledge is power’ often rings true in making decisions, and in the case of beef cattle genetic tests, this information can be a powerful tool provided producers know how to inter… Read more

Internal parasites cause a variety of clinical signs, including weight loss, diarrhea and death. Other, less obvious parasitic signs, (often referred to as subclinical signs), significantly im… Read more

Being that most of the spring calving cow herds in Ohio and beyond have calved, and breeding season is upon us, there is a cow conundrum that we need to discuss. In the 9 or months that I have… Read more

When we think of warm season annual forage crops the summer annual grasses such as pearl millet and sorghum sudan quickly come to mind. Often warm season annual forages are thought of as an em… Read more

Cattle are ruminants, meaning their one stomach is comprised of four compartments: the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum. For mature cattle, the rumen makes up approximately 85% of the to… Read more

Many producers with spring calving herds just turned out their bulls. In the May Off the Hoof, we reminded everyone to subject their herd bulls to a breeding soundness exam (BSE). A BSE is the… Read more

Choosing an estrus synchronization protocol that can be used with either AI or with natural service can be perplexing, as a number of synchronization protocols are available. To assist cattle … Read more

As cattle producers we often look at ways to improve our bottom line. Where can we profit the most from our production? Is it from sales of feeder calves, breeding stock, finished cattle, free… Read more

Estrus synchronization is a reproductive management tool that facilitates the use of both artificial insemination (AI) as well as natural service. Estrus synchronization is never a substitute … Read more

As most cattle producers know from year-to-year the fly and tick season is highly variable. Some may have pinned their hope in a hard winter to reduce these external parasites but in reality, … Read more

Coccidiosis is an important disease of cattle caused by a small parasite that invades the cells of the intestinal tract and if enough intestinal cells are damaged, diarrhea or bloody-diarrhea … Read more