Maintaining Your Herd

Sick of High Hay Prices? Here’s How to Survive. [Article]

Reading Time: 6 minutes Without a doubt, ranchers in many parts of cow country are looking at the possibility of another tough winter. And that’s after a tough spring, summer, and fall. Hay is short and expensive, fall and winter pasture is short. That means ranchers across a broad swath of the country are looking at making some hard …

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Is Your Herd Health Program Falling Short of Your Goals? [Article]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Without adequate mineral and vitamin supplementation, your herd health program could fall short of your goals. Nutrition is the Foundation of Herd Health. “It’s the animal that makes the vaccine work.” That is just one of the many insights that Lee Jones, DVM, offered during his session at the Cattlemen’s College section of the 2021 …

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Using Range Cubes To Stretch Low-Quality Forage [Article]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Here’s an idea to help ease the wintertime, drought-time blues. Unlike the oft-quoted line from the musical Porgy and Bess, the living has been anything but easy for drought-stricken ranchers. And the long-term weather outlook doesn’t hold much promise that things will improve. What can you do? If you have a drought plan, you have …

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Hammered by Drought? Consider Early Weaning. [Article]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here’s why managing early-weaned calves fetches more dollars at sale time. If ever there’s a year to consider early weaning, 2021 is it. Just one glance at the weekly Drought Monitor map shows a vast portion of cattle country is in various stages of desperation as water holes, creeks, and rivers dry up. How Early …

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7 Reasons to Use Cattle Mineral Tubs in Tough Times [Article]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Ranching is tough. Here’s how to smooth the rough edges a little. Tough times are simply a part of ranching. So are good times. But when tough times roll around—drought, low cattle prices, high feed prices, you name it—there are places to save and places to spend. Mineral supplementation is one of the inputs where …

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How is Riomax® Protein Different? [Article + Video]

Reading Time: 4 minutes ‘We’re different!’ A claim that has become all too common in the marketplace. Sure, every business may be unique in some way, but as buyers, how are we supposed to know which product is actually different enough to make a better impact on our lives? We’ll be the first to admit, we’ve always proclaimed that …

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7-Step Ranch Drought Plan (With a Download!) [Article]

Reading Time: 4 minutes JUMP TO DOWNLOAD! ⇩ Here’s a new version of an old saw: You can’t manage what you don’t prepare for. But the old saw still applies. When it comes to managing drought, it’s helpful to measure a few things. That’s where a drought plan can help. A survey of Northern Plains ranchers who endured a …

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Don’t have a ranch drought management plan? Get one. [Article]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Knowing how to manage your way through a drought is key to keeping your operation whole. For much of cow-calf country, drought is simply a part of life. If you’re not in a drought, you’re recovering from the last one or preparing for the next one. That means having a drought plan for your ranch …

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Drought on the Ranch: Places to Save, Places to Spend [Article]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Drought forces tough decisions. Taking a measured approach is the best medicine to surviving. Drought is again gripping much of cow country and once again, tough decisions will have to be made. Depending on last fall’s precipitation and winter snows, those tough decisions may already be knocking. But cutting costs just for the sake of …

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