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2015 April 24
A recent Kansas State University (K- State) study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain without the indirect expenses linked to daily delivery such as fuel and labor.


2015 April 24
For some cow/calf operations, the bulls go into the breeding pasture with replacement heifers in mid-April. As the bulls are being removed from the replacement heifers in two months, this would be an ideal time to call and make arrangements with your local veterinarian to have those heifers evaluated for pregnancy after another 60 days.


2015 April 24
The National Beef Checkoff’s 30-Day Protein Challenge was introduced this spring with the goal of helping consumers understand the importance of consuming balanced amounts of protein with each meal. The program is intended for anyone looking for a fun, step-by-step way to get an optimal amount of protein throughout the day.


by WLJ
2015 April 24
The family consulted with Terry Mader, retired Nebraska Beef Extension Specialist, to develop a plan for dealing with the problem days: the hot, humid and still. He says shade is just one of the many management and facility options producers have to help their animals through those times.


2015 April 24
While not the final Guideline, the report, issued Feb. 19, 2015, is used as the foundation for developing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015, which will be released later this year. This advisory report is intended to provide current, scientific data related to diet, nutrition and health.


2015 April 24
I think it’s a fieldman’s disease, but every spring we all feel compelled to get in the car and drive thousands of miles in the course of a week or two to attend bull sales, which have been remarkable this year. And everyone seems to want heifer bulls.


by WLJ
2015 April 24
Can you think of an investment that returns your money at an 11 to 1 ratio? I can, and it’s our beef checkoff! Did you know that in the most comprehensive study ever rendered about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr.


2015 April 24
The initial key to a good herd-health program is to develop a good working relationship with the local veterinarian and implement appropriate herd-health practices. More than likely, an early point to a herd-health conversation regarding good herd health is herd biosecurity.


by WLJ
2015 April 24
Beef exports add well beyond $300 to the value of each head of cattle annually, but without people like Dan Chase, Liz Wunderlich and Alberto Diaz, that number might not be so high. Wunderlich and Diaz each work in their own ways to build demand for U.


2015 April 24
He explained that to maintain a 365-day calving interval, re-breeding has to occur within 82 days after calving. A cow needs to recover from calving and start cycling again during that time period, while at the same time providing enough milk for her growing calf.


by DTN
2015 April 22
GENERAL COMMENTS: A light to moderate business surfaced in most cattle feeding areas today with some feedlot managers accepting lower bids. Live sales in the South were mostly marked at $158, $3 lower
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2015 April 22
Afternoon National Slaughter Cattle Review as of 2:00 pm WednesdayThus far for Wednesday cash trade and demand was light in the Southern Plains, Nebraska and the Western Cornbelt. In the Southern Plai
2015 April 20
Dr. Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska Beef Specialist, explained that livestock are most productive when fed a ration balanced according to their nutrient needs. But, because many rations are balanced using averages or values for feedstuffs, the result can be over- or underfeeding some nutrients.


by WLJ
2015 April 20
“Establishing forage requires planning and great attention to detail,” said Keith Johnson. “If all elements are considered, your efforts can result in a great forage stand that will provide healthy, sustainable and cost-effective feed for livestock in all seasons.


2015 April 20
“What you would do with this is you’d put the crowd gate on the first notch, step through the mangate, and step on that little platform right at the center pivot point and then take a flag and make the cattle come right on around you,” Grandin said, noting that the crowd gate doesn’t need to be pushed tight.


2015 April 20
If you don’t know w h a t changes are occurring, how can you prevent or fix problems? It doesn’t matter if it’s your budget, equipment, land, family, or personal health, some monitoring effort should be formalized to help prevent and fix problems.




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