With dry conditions spreading quickly across the Dakota’s, producers are forced to make challenging decisions on how many cow/calf pairs to turn out to pasture, and then determine how long the pastures will even last if moisture doesn’t come soon. During the spring/summer months, supplementing grass with energy and protein can decrease forage dry matter consumption.
Feeding cattle in a drylot rather than range or pasture may be a viable alternative for ranches dealing with drought conditions this year. Drylotting allows ranchers to hold on to productive cows until it rains again and pasture conditions improve.
Creep feeding can be an effective tool to increase weaning weight in calves; however, whether or not this will be a profitable strategy depends upon the value of the additional gain and the feed expense required. This tool helps producers evaluate whether or not creep feeding calves will be profitable.
This tool allows cattle feeders to compare the relative costs and returns to feeding cattle in a natural program (without antibiotics and/or growth promotants) compared to a conventional program. The quality of the evaluation depends on the assumptions used to estimate performance and costs between the two systems.
SDSU Extension has developed the Feed Cost Comparison to help evaluate the relative costs of two different feedstuffs. This interactive tool will run through the iGrow Livestock Decision Aid webpage on your mobile or desktop device.
Drought conditions are expanding rapidly across South Dakota, leaving many producers trying to determine if feed should be purchased to maintain the herd through the summer or if reducing the herd size should be considered.
The scene of an accident is not the place to build your team! The BERP program was the featured discussion for the May Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Lisa Pederson with North Dakota State University discussed how and why the program began, who the audience is for the program, and the impact this program is having.
During the April 5th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we received updates regarding “ag gag” litigation in the United States. 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.
Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. Not only is there elevated risk of death loss, but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider. Developing a plan before hot and humid conditions hit will put producers in a better position to deal with the conditions and minimize the impact on their cattle.
Daily life is busy on the farm and ranch and it seems as if once calving season is done, there is barely time to rest before fields must be planted or hay made. No matter the season, there is usually 2 to 3 different enterprises needing attention and multiple decisions to be made.