Weaning is done and calves are hopefully getting settled into backgrounding yards. Now is the time to select replacement heifers and start them on a development plan that aligns with female management and breeding goals.
Corn residue can serve many purposes on cow/calf operations in the Upper Midwest. From grazing to bedding; however, it may be one of the most underutilized resources we can access to produce beef.
While the quick green-up on spring pastures is the first risk factor that comes to mind for grass tetany, regrowth during warm fall weather can be a culprit, too. Grass tetany is a metabolic disorder that is associated with lush pastures due to low levels of blood magnesium concentration, which results in nerve impulse failure and death, if not treated very quickly.
Each fall, winter cow feeding and supplementation questions roll in. Oftentimes the questions pertain to determining the most economical option that meets cow nutrient requirements. With the multitude of products and options available, this can be a daunting task. Additionally, no two situations are alike, no two years are identical and there is no one size fits all product. Adjustments to the winter feeding program may needed from year to year-based on forage quality and availability.
Harvest is well underway which means the breeding season should be wrapping up soon for spring calving herds. If you have thought to yourself recently “When did we turn out the bulls?”, you might work on a very busy operation.
Fall weather brings many changes to the cattle operation, one of them being pregnancy testing and the subsequent removal of open, thin, lame or poor temperament cows from the herd.
With fall grazing upon us, some areas of South Dakota have been blessed with plenty of precipitation this year and other areas are still experiencing drought conditions. Regardless of where your ranch is located, a rancher must be very careful when grazing the fall green up of cool season grasses.
During the October 3rd Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, updates regarding “ag gag” litigation in the United States were shared. Dave Aiken, Agricultural Law Specialist with University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discussed the most recent farm animal legislation trends and cases, which states are involved, and considerations for the sensitive topics.
Does feeding whole soybeans to growing or finishing cattle make economic sense? In nearly all cases the answer has been a clear “No”, especially with the widespread adoption of distillers grains as a source of supplemental protein for cattle diets.
As we remember the fifth anniversary of the winter storm and blizzard that occurred on October 3–5, 2013 (which some call Winter Storm Atlas), the event provides a reminder that it is time to begin preparation and planning for winter weather events that can occur from now through May.