2006 Archive

Information Key in Designing Supplemental Feeding Program

Lack of forage (quantity and quality) is the cause of many cattle being in less-than-desirable body condition going into the winter - the next few months are going to be critical, regardless of whether your cows calve in the fall or spring, due to bull turn-out and calving season rapidly approaching.

Study Looks at Effect of Forage Source on Backgrounding

Stockpiled bermudagrass is a viable alternative to feeding hay to steers after weaning or receiving and prior to winter grazing.

Grass Won't Grow? How to Go From Lawn to Outdoor Specialty Area

Over the years, I have observed that we try to force nature to do unnatural things when it comes to landscaping homes and businesses.

WBDMA Data: Doe Harvest Doesn't 'Kill the Factory'

Since 1998, the percentage of yearling does in the total Walnut Bayou Deer Management Association doe harvest seems to be somewhat stable, leading us to conclude doe harvest at this level definitely does not "kill the factory."

Ag Division's Research Efforts Expanded in 2006

I'd like to take a few moments to reflect on the significant happenings in the research arena here in Noble's Agricultural Division during 2006.

Recordkeeping Can Uncover Hidden Profits, Costs

If you really want to be more efficient with your current enterprises, you need more detail than how the farm or ranch did as a whole.

Cleaner Summer Pastures Begin in Fall

Every summer, we are asked about controlling big weeds in pastures. But, by the time we get the question, most of the damage is done and options are limited.

What To Do About Deer and the Drought...

The bottom line is that this drought will probably not have a long-term effect on deer populations, but it certainly has the potential to have some short-term effects.

New Program Links Oklahoma Farms and Schools

In case you haven't heard, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed legislation this past summer creating the Oklahoma Farm to School Program within the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF). The overarching goal of the program is to link Oklahoma farms and schools, creating new marketing opportunities for farmers and alternative sources of nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables for inclusion in school meals and snacks.

What's the Value of Pregnancy Testing Beef Cows?

There are several components to a successful cow-calf management strategy - among them should be an effective strategy for culling unproductive cows from the herd.
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