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  • animal welfare & cow-calf health are major beef industry issues
    May 29, 2013
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    Three Beef Industry Challenges That Won’t Go Away Soon

    We’ll not only have to deal with these animal welfare, nutrition and cattle health issues on the farm, but at the regulatory and legislative levels as well. We shouldn’t expect these problems to go away anytime soon, so I strongly encourage beef producers to accept the challenge and face them as only we can do....More
  • May 8, 2013
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    Beef

    Is Your Mineral Program Drought Proof? Tweaks You May Need To Consider

    While a mineral program is essential all the time, it's even more important during a drought, says Justin Waggoner, K-State Extension Beef Systems Specialist in Garden City. That's because, without any green-up in the spring, range plants can't deliver the phosphorus and vitamin A that cows need....More
  • grazing management for beef cows
    May 6, 2013
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    Manage Grazing For More Production & Profitability

    Everything that we, through our livestock, and Mother Nature do to the land will have an effect on ecosystem process and will cause changes in biological succession. Our management will have a huge effect on the direction of that succession. Will it be positive or negative toward our goals?...More
  • Beef cattle feed alternatives
    Feb 27, 2013
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    Exploring New And Novel Cattle Feed Alternatives 14

    Despite the fact that more than 70% of the U.S. was impacted by a drought in 2012, the U.S. harvested 11.8 billion bu. of corn last year. One would think that a smaller U.S. cowherd combined with a corn surplus would translate into cheaper cattle feed prices, but competition from ethanol and the food industry means producers can expect continued high feed prices....More
  • beef cattle feed and hay prices on the rise
    Dec 19, 2012
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    Winter Hay Prices Ramp Up 8

    Someone must have been wishing pretty hard for a white Christmas around my area because we were surprised with 5-in. of snow earlier this week. Our cows had been happily grazing in a cornfield about a mile from home, and we were hauling water every day since there aren’t any stock dams nearby. But the snow and cold front forced us to bring the herd home early....More
  • winter cattle feed tips
    Nov 26, 2012
    blog

    Stocking Up On Winter Cattle Feed 1

    Grazing cornstalks and cover crops are great ways to save money on costly winter beef cattle feed and hay. As the drought continues across the U.S., ranchers are starting to run short of pasture, hay and feed resources....More
  • beef cattle feed rations include candy corn
    Oct 2, 2012
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    Candy Corn Isn’t Just For Kids Anymore 10

    Cattlemen are certainly tough and resilient individuals. Natural disasters, escalating land prices, high input costs and transition challenges don’t get these folks down too easily. Despite these challenges, cattlemen thrive by being as efficient as possible in the way they manage their cowherd while producing high-quality beef. As corn prices skyrocket, many are wondering how today's high feed prices will impact cowboys across the country. Some are looking into alternative solutions to the problem....More
  • beef cattle feed advice for drought stressed cows
    Sep 27, 2012
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    Cow Management Advice Following 2012 Drought

    With a majority of beef cattle country affected by drought during the 2012 grazing season, forage sources and cattle feed are at a premium for fall and winter. That heat and lack of moisture has stressed pastures and the grazing animals that depend on them....More

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