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The Year 2017 in Review

Hugh Aljoe, director of producer relations, calls 2017 "the year of a new beginning." Here are a few highlights from the year.

Top 5 Essentials of Heifer Development

It is important to properly develop heifers before the breeding season and to continue managing them during and after the calving season.

Utilizing Cutting-Edge Technology to Manage Grazing Cattle Without Fencing Boundaries

Charlotte Talbott, Lloyd Noble Scholar in Ag, is testing a new technology that could help ranchers manage grazing cattle with efficiency and ease.

Time Summer Blaze to Better Winter Graze

2019 Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture Mason Blinson used her summer experiences to advance her interest in animal and plant interactions, including best timing of prescribed pasture burns.

Walker Serves Beef Industry With Board Positions

Noble Research Institute livestock consultant Ryon Walker, Ph.D., was recently appointed to serve on the board of directors for three independent, national beef cattle organizations.

Body Condition Score as a Tool for Cow Herd Management

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.

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.

Top 5 Essentials of Heifer Development

It is important to properly develop heifers before the breeding season and to continue managing them during and after the calving season.

What I Want in the Perfect Beef Cow

The perfect beef cow has the right mix of traits. Her ability to prosper in her environment and deliver a health calf every year are most important.

Top 5 Reproductive Failures in Beef Operations (and How to Avoid Them)

Reproductive failures, which lead to financial loss, can occur in any cow-calf operation. Here are the top 5 causes.

Top 6 Factors Affecting Bull Fertility

Avoid reproductive failures and produce healthy calves by making decisions that reduce the risk of subfertile bulls.

Growing-Season Burns Improve Winter Forage Quality

Growing-season prescribed burns offer land managers the opportunity to extend their burning season to manage brush encroachment and improve forage quality.

The Search for Forage-Efficient Cows

A study suggests that current selection tools, such as genomic testing and expected progeny differences (EPDs), for feed intake should be useful in selecting low-intake replacement females for forage-based production systems.

Growing-Season Burns Hold Potential for Fall and Winter Forage

The traditional burning season for the Southern Great Plains goes from December to April. However, when land managers limit their burn season to these five months, they often find it difficult to implement the number of burns needed to achieve their goals. This is one reason why more and more land managers are conducting growing-season burns, during late spring through early fall months, to meet some of their prescribed burning goals.

Heifer Development: Managing for Her Future

A replacement heifer represents the most costly improvement in a herd's genetics. Since reproductive traits are lowly heritable, cattle producers must manage within the environment.