Maintaining Your Herd

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

Reading Time: 2 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 touch decisions may already be knocking. But cutting costs just for the sake of …

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Scours: The Causes. The Effects. How to fight them. [Article + Video]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Imagine yourself in the midst of a busy calving season.  Are all your calves healthy and your life easy?  Or, are you out treating sick calves that are fighting scours day and night?  Maybe you’re somewhere in between; you have a few cases here and there; but regardless, scours is still costing you time, labor, …

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Pre-Breeding Prep: Don’t Forget the Bulls [Article + Video]

Reading Time: 2 minutes “I think a little bit too often, producers kind of put bulls on the Back 40 and just don’t pay them very much attention until turnout.” And that, says Dr. Jason Ahola, beef cattle specialist at Colorado State University, might be a part of the management program to reconsider. That’s because of the role the …

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Cows in Confinement? Ramp up the A and E [Article]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Running beef cows in confinement or partial confinement gained popularity when land prices skyrocketed. If an operation wanted to expand and bring the next generation back to the farm, it became nearly impossible to buy land and make it pay with cows. Still is. Enter hoop barns or feed pens where cows and calves can …

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Techniques to Help a Heifer Accept Her Calf [Article]

Reading Time: 4 minutes The maternal instinct is perhaps the most powerful force on earth. Step between a mother and her baby and prepare to defend yourself, because if mama thinks baby is threatened, she will stop at nothing to protect her offspring. But what do you do with a first-calf heifer when things don’t click right away; when …

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Cut Your Risk of Scours with Nutrition, Management [Article]

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s hard to wash up when you don’t have opposable thumbs. But the basics of halting the spread of disease that we’ve learned during the COVID-19 crisis—social distancing and sanitation—apply in the calving pasture every bit as much as in the coffee shop. And when it comes to calving time, applying a few management and …

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Do your calves lick dirt? Learn how & why you should prevent it. [Article + Video]

Reading Time: 3 minutes 3 minute video on preventing calves from licking the gRound Have you noticed your calves licking the dirt around them? Do they seem to get sick often? It’s not uncommon for calves to lick the ground, but it’s definitely not healthy for them. Licking dirt or even eating it can pose health risks to calves, …

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Weak newborn calves? Improve calf vigor before it’s too late… [Article + Video]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Weak calves. Sick calves. Calves that won’t get up and suck. Do any of those difficulties sound familiar to you? Weak newborn calves that don’t get up right away are the cause of frustration for ranchers across the continent. Not only do they cost you extra time and hard work, but calves that are born …

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