If you look at some of the research that’s been done on the value of supplementing cows, you could get the idea that it’s not all that profitable, says Rick Funston, a University of Nebraska reproductive physiologist in North Platte.
Producers who trucked in supplemental forages from further north last year will likely be out of luck this season thanks to the expansive drought. Instead they are turning to alternative cattle feed options....More
If you look at some of the research that’s been done on the value of supplementing cows, you could get the idea that it’s not all that profitable, says Rick Funston, a University of Nebraska reproductive physiologist in North Platte....More
Research is revealing how important fetal programming is to the productivity of the calf. Researchers are learning that the nutritional level of the cow during the third trimester of pregnancy has significant influence on the animal’s ability to gain efficiency and reach the Choice grade if it’s a fed steer, or produce calves that meet the ranch’s production goals if it’s a replacement heifer....More
The scenario might sound familiar: You take a couple laps around the arena with your horse, and suddenly he starts coughing so hard he yanks the reins out of your hands. You let him rest but he doesn't seem to be able to catch his breath. Could he have picked up a respiratory infection at the last horse show?...More
Some of the key elements to successfully managing a cattle operation through a drought are managing number of head/day; evaluating both short- and long-term outcomes associated with decisions; and not being afraid to think outside the box....More