The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Weaning: Avoid these 3 common pitfalls
    No matter your definitions, having a plan in place can help you avoid weaning pitfalls and, ultimately, failure during this critical time frame.
  • Managing dust in open beef feedlots
    Application of water to the feedlot surface is the most common and effective method of dust control. This method should begin well in advance of dust becoming a problem.
  • Tips to consider when stacking and storing hay this season
    Taking current hay prices into account, last year’s decreased forage production and future forage needs, storage options may need to be re-evaluated sooner than later.
  • New bulletin shows how to calculate, apply Animal Unit Months
    How to estimate and calculate Animal Unit Months and Animal Unit Equivalents to help manage for sustainable grazing and maintaining federal grazing permits is explained in a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.
  • Pinkeye and foot rot a rancher’s headache
    Fly problems are prevalent in some parts of North Dakota this year, North Dakota State University Extension livestock specialists warn.
    Horn, face and stable flies all are irritating to cattle, but stable flies have been particularly bothersome.
  • Spotlight on Economics: Cattle price volatility continues
    Several producers recently expressed their frustration with the volatility in cattle prices.
    Price movements of several dollars can occur from one day to the next, and cash and futures market prices even seem to move in opposite directions at times. Of course, uncertainty causes market volatility, and a number of supply and demand challenges are adding to market uncertainty.
  • Nutrition plays key role in heifer retention
    Focusing on nutritional management during two key periods can improve the chances of heifers cycling and becoming pregnant.
  • Cattle pest control vital on the ranch
    Integrated pest management concepts that are commonplace for controlling crop pests also apply to controlling livestock pests.
  • Drought: Optimize with a herd mix
    Optimizing a herd mix of different animal classes (i.e., cows and yearlings) offer different degrees of flexibility in management. 
  • Preventing early embryonic losses
    Shipping cattle immediately after AI (days 1-4) is best as the embryo is still in the oviduct and is less susceptible to stress and associated uterine changes.
  • Vitamin A and E to remain expensive
    With green grass now available to cattle grazers, thoughts should turn to what mineral supplements might be needed.
  • Cattle management: Keep her bred through the heat of summer
    Cattle can experience heat stress once the ambient temperature outside reaches 70 degrees or higher. This means that their upper critical limit for temperature is lower than that of humans. 
  • Managing cattle health at turnout time
    Spring turnout to the pasture is a good time for producers to review their cow-calf health management plans, according to North Dakota State University Extension livestock experts.
  • The many benefits of adding yeast cultures to creep feeds
    Yeast culture and yeast cell wall components are effective products that have been fed to cattle for years and have been shown to exhibit a variety of beneficial properties that positively impact animal performance and health.
  • Water development worth the investment
    Last year’s drought dried up many ponds and dugouts or compromised the quality of the water in them, forcing North Dakota livestock producers to haul water or install an alternative water source.Producers in many counties reported going into the winter of 2017-18 short to very short on available surface water, according to surveys North Dakota State University Extension agents conducted.
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