Maintaining Your Herd

Cut Your Hay Costs as Drought-Fueled Prices Increase [Article]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Drought. It isn’t going away, and if anything, it seems to be getting worse. That means pastures, if they get any spring rains at all, will wither and turn brown soon for lack of soil moisture to carry the country through the summer. Likewise, hay will be short and expensive. How high hay could go …

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Here’s How Cattle Mineral Sets Up Your Herd for Long-Term Success [Article]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Last updated on April 5th, 2022 at 09:10 am The drought’s been bad, and not just this year. It’s been dry for several years and weaning weights are off. It’s time to cut deep into expenses. Then calving season rolls around and with it, a wreck. Calves are too weak to get up and suck. …

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Poor Breed Up? Low Weaning Weights? Drought Affects Herd Performance – Here’s How. [Article]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Last updated on November 29th, 2021 at 12:00 pm Sometimes what you don’t do during a drought can have big consequences. It’s only natural, during a drought, to blame the conditions or your supplement for a poor breed-up, light weaning weights, and more sickness. And, to an extent, that blame is well-placed. But not completely. …

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Time to Think About Winter Cattle Feed Differently [Article]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Last updated on February 4th, 2022 at 09:13 am If what goes up will always come down, then what goes down will come back up. That, in simple terms, is how Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo, a ruminant nutritionist at the University of Minnesota, views the cattle market. And it’s why he suggests that cow-calf producers find …

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

Reading Time: 6 minutes Last updated on December 1st, 2021 at 03:29 pm 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 …

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Cattle Health Issues? Take a Closer Look at Your Mineral [Article]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Last updated on April 27th, 2022 at 09:08 am Without adequate mineral and vitamin supplementation, your herd health program could fall short of your goals, and cattle health issues may arise. After all, nutrition is the foundation of herd health. “It’s the animal that makes the vaccine work.” That is just one of the many …

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Hammered by Drought? Consider Early Weaning. [Article]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Last updated on March 9th, 2022 at 04:16 pm 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 …

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

Reading Time: 5 minutes Last updated on May 10th, 2022 at 01:29 pm 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 …

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