Protein is a vital nutrient for cattle, especially for rapidly growing or lactating animals. In cattle diets, protein is commonly expressed as “crude protein” (CP). The CP concentration is determined by multiplying nitrogen (N) concentration of the feed or forage by 6.25. Most protein contai… Read more

The all cattle and calves number is expected to be below a year ago with most numbers related to the beef herd recording a year-over-year decline. Dairy cows are the exception which are expect… Read more

Rainfall ranks as one of the most important factors that influence ranchers’ management decisions, according to North Dakota State University Extension specialists. Read more

Matching the number of cattle to the grass and feed resources on the ranch is a constant challenge for any cow-calf producer. Also producers strive to maintain cow numbers to match their marke… Read more

1. What is “blackleg”? This is a rapidly fatal disease of cattle, typically calves 6-12 months of age, caused by the bacterium Clostridium chauvoei. Sheep may also be affected. In a majority o… Read more

Water might be the Rodney Dangerfield of nutrients—it just doesn’t get any respect. We could use the latest edition of “Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle” as an example. Of the six classes … Read more

Corn residue grazing is a staple in winter feeding programs for many Iowa cattlemen. Extensive weather patterns have taken a toll on this year’s corn crop creating extreme variability between … Read more

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What is Leptospirosis or “Lepto”? Leptospirosis is a complicated bacterial disease commonly associated with abortions, stillbirths and drop in milk production in cattle. However, this bacteriu… Read more