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Re-discover Growth Promotants

One of the most effective strategies in beef cattle production is the use of growth implants in suckling calves, young growing cattle whether in a lot or on grass, and finishing cattle destined for slaughter. There are two types of growth implants that are available to cattle producers. Both types…

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Importance of Colostrum at Calving

Colostrum is a mix of secretions and constituents of blood serum such as immunoglobulin’s and other serum proteins that accumulate in the mammary gland during the dry period and are collected in the milk at calving. One of the most important factors related to calf health and survival at birth…

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Mineral Intake Levels

Following up on my article from last week, I wanted to spend a little time on factors that can affect mineral intake. We have often heard that cows will eat only what they require or what they are lacking in their current day diet. Research trials have proved the…

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Planning Your Feed Program As We Move Into Calving

A quality nutrition program not only meets the cow’s requirements, but also reduces feed costs and improves on profitability. Your feeding program as you move into spring will directly affect your calving percentage, health and vigor of your newborn calf and ultimately your weaning weights, percentage of cows weaning…

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Planning Your Feeding Program For the Last Trimester

As we move into the latter half of January, producers will have completed their inventory of their feed supplies for Agri Stability and are planning ahead for the last 3 months of feeding before calving. For those that calve in the month of February, calving is right around the corner,…

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Planning Your Feed Program For This Winter

A quality nutrition program not only meets the cow’s requirements, but also reduces feed costs and improves on profitability. Your feeding program as you move into this fall and winter will directly affect weaning weights, percentage of cows weaning a calf, and the cost of maintaining a cow for the…

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Culling The Cow Herd

With weaning behind us for the most part, now is the time that cattle producers can evaluate their beef herds and individuals within the herd for performance. The best time to do this is after weaning and most producers will do this at the time of pregnancy checking. …

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Fall Protein Supplements For The Cow Herd

The calf run is now on and we will see a lot of calves move over the next 4 weeks. Feedlots are busy getting pens cleaned and doing final maintenance before the calves arrive. As we wean our calves this fall, we need to consider the nutrition requirements of the…

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Brigade by Crystalyx to Reduce Stress on Calves

Many producers have either weaned or are in the process of weaning. Crystalyx has a great product for weaning called “ Brigade”. This product contains a stress fighting formula that reduces stress caused by shipping, weaning, and grouping cattle. The Brigade formula is fortified with electrolytes and high levels of…

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Using Supplements to Prepare Calves for Weaning

Preparing calves in advance of the actual weaning time is well worth the effort. Immune functionand response to vaccinations are lower during periods of stress, and weaning is a form of stress. If you are planning to precondition your calves, many veterinarians suggest that vaccinations be given 3-4 weeks prior…

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