Livestock

2014 Archive

Scoring helps assess Bovine Respiratory Disease

The Bovine Respiratory Disease Symposium was held earlier this year in Denver, Colorado. Topics included discussion on current experiences, subclinical effects of BRD, and new research on identifying genetic markers that will hopefully aid in identifying susceptible cattle.

Cross Timbers management creates wildlife habitat

Understanding the habitat requirements for the animals you want to promote and manage is key to providing a good wildlife habitat.

Proven strategies bring cow herd rebuilding success

Many cattle seminars across the Southern Great Plains have offered sound advice about replacement female development and selection. A significant number of producers are strongly considering, if not...

Grazing management benefits cattle and deer

Grazing lands provide forage for livestock, habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities such as hunting. The assessed value of a ranch based on aesthetics and wildlife habitat or its recreational opportunities can often exceed the property's agricultural value.

Noble Research Institute releases mobile recordkeeping app

The Noble Research Institute recently released a mobile recordkeeping app that provides 4-H and FFA students with the ability to capture data for competition. While the app was designed for students, it can be used by anyone to maintain individual livestock records.

Fictional goats and garden, real hard work

"So you made a theoretical plan for raising theoretical goats for a theoretical cooperator?" asked Luke Braswell, Noble Research Institute photographer, one evening as we were doing a Rural Life Team photo shoot. Though the plan and goats may not have been real, the time, effort and lessons I learned this summer from the Rural Life Plan project were definitely real.

The Natural Science of Artful Grazing

Aghast and jaws dropped, Livestock Consultant Bryan Nichols, Seth Pratt and I watched a set of two calves disappear over the hill into the next grazing paddock accompanied by the heart-dropping sounds of stretching fence and popping insulators. Such was the situation as we attempted to herd the calves into their designated grazing pen for the grazing research project.

Alternative culling method increases profits

To help provide producers options for managing and marketing cull cows, researchers at the Noble Research Institute and Oklahoma State University teamed up and conducted a study that evaluated the economics of two alternative management and marketing systems for retaining open beef cows.

Weight measurement enables effective management

Given the importance of weight in cattle production, it is important to capture weight data when necessary to make good management decisions.

Growing-season prescribed burns offer many benefits

Burns conducted during the summer months can be very beneficial for improving wildlife habitat, livestock forage and brush management.

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