Livestock

Noble Junior Beef Excellence Program Broadens Reach, Sets Fall Nomination Date for Nov. 3

The Noble Research Institute will hold its annual fall steer nomination for the 2018-2019 Junior Beef Excellence Program from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Noble Research Institute Pasture Demonstration Farm, located 5 miles northwest of Ardmore.

Managing Pastures Before and During Drought

Pasture managers may dread droughts. However, with proper planning and preparation, they can minimize the damage and keep operations running smoothly.

Gauging The Current Outlook for Preconditioning Cattle

Many reports show a cow-calf operation can gain value by preconditioning its calves before marketing. This article looks at the preconditioning outlook as of October 2018 and other items.

Integrity Beef Alliance Set to Host Program Introduction Seminar

Cattle producers will have the opportunity to learn more about the Integrity Beef Alliance during an Introduction to Integrity Beef Seminar from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Noble Research Institute Pavilion.

Raising vs. Buying Replacement Heifers

When it comes to getting replacement females for your cattle herd, multiple options are available. One would be to use your own cow herd and keep the heifers you need. Or you could outsource and purchase virgin heifers from a different operation and breed them to the bull(s) of your choice. Another option is to buy heifers bred to a bull that would roll straight into your program.

My Noble Summer: Brought to You by the Letter F

Brent Weiss has learned about feed efficiency, fire, feral hogs and more, during his time as a Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture.

Find Out Why and How to Burn at Great Plains Fire Summit

Many decisions go into planning a safe and effective prescribed burn that meets your management goals. You will need to determine your burn objectives and consider the weather as well as personnel and equipment needs. You’ll also need to prepare firebreaks, something that ranks high on the list to safely conduct a burn.

Using Bermudagrass Pastures to Meet Cow Nutrient Requirements

Winter supplementation for a cow can account for anywhere between 40 and 60 percent of the annual cost of maintaining the cow. Therefore, producers should plan their winter supplementation strategies during the growing season to allow for more options and to reduce winter feed costs when utilizing bermudagrass pastures.

What You'll Gain From the Texoma Cattlemen's Conference

The 2018 Texoma Cattlemen’s Conference, which will be held June 15, will address a number of issues and opportunities pertaining to ranching efficiency.

An Introduction to the Rumen Microbiome

The rumen microbiome is very complex, and the diversity of ruminal microorganisms can be affected by diet composition, genetics and environmental factors.

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