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10 Tips for a Successful Weaning and Preconditioning Season

Research demonstrates the advantages of preconditioning calves. The following tips are designed to help producers be more successful during the preconditioning phase of calf development.

Feeding Hay More Efficiently

A systemic grazing management plan and an efficient supplemental feeding program can help cattle producers more efficiently use forage resources.

Livestock are Part of the Biodiversity Discussion

Grazing cattle, goats and other species together has the potential to improve land management, animal health and economics.

Options to Consider When Marketing This Year's Calves

Economic evaluation of options for producers considering when to market calves born in fall 2016 and spring 2017.

Tools to Manage Cattle Market Risks

Risk management tools, including hedging, are available to producers marketing cattle.

Compendium of Veterinary Products (CVP Vet) app gives answers

Proper administration and use of antibiotics and other animal health products is an absolute necessity, not only for the product to be as effective as possible, but to minimize animal discomfort and...

Proper bull selection can increase return on investment

The past few years have seen a dramatic downturn in calf prices from historic highs to the lowest prices in four or five years. Unfortunately, some input prices are slow to come down while other...

Winter offers ideal time for key forage management activities

Although many of us think of the winter as being a slow time in forage management, it is actually the ideal time to perform some key activities that allow us to better manage our pastures and grazing...

Consultant shares best times to apply phosphorus, potassium

Sometimes, a rancher takes a soil sample, sends it to a laboratory and the recommendation calls for phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). The rancher knows nitrogen should be applied near the time of...

Introduced grasses can cause problems for wildlife

Across the United States, introduced and invasive plant species have displaced and replaced many native plant species. These plants are spreading across the landscape primarily due to human...