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Body Condition Score (BCS) is a useful tool for assessing the energy status of an animal. BCS should be assessed at calving, mid-lactation and mid-late gestation.
Noble Research Institute researchers have been looking at two methods in cow-calf production to extend the grazing season on bermudagrass-based pastures and reduce winter feeding of stored feeds.
Stockpiling defers a forage from grazing to allow it to accumulate forage mass for grazing during fall and winter.
Reproductive failures, which lead to financial loss, can occur in any cow-calf operation. Here are the top 5 causes.
Habitat includes food, water, shelter, space and the arrangement of these components, though land managers and popular press most popularly discuss food. Food can easily be managed, and many times the focus is only on food plots and feeders. Native vegetation can take a back seat to these intensive management practices, but people should be aware how to manage existing native vegetation to provide a high quality diet.
Avoid reproductive failures and produce healthy calves by making decisions that reduce the risk of subfertile bulls.
Know when to invest in protein or in energy to meet a cow’s nutritional requirements during winter.
Noble Research Institute research assistant Brooks Braunagel and livestock consultant Caitlin Hebbert were selected to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Leadership Academy (CLA) class 27.