Maintaining Your Herd

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

Reading Time: 4 minutes Last updated on March 9th, 2022 at 04:41 pm 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. …

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

Reading Time: 3 minutes Last updated on May 19th, 2021 at 08:28 am 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. …

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

Reading Time: 3 minutes Last updated on March 9th, 2022 at 04:50 pm 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 …

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6 Ways to Improve Cow Conception Rates [Article + Video]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Last updated on March 9th, 2022 at 04:55 pm Do you find it a struggle to hit the conception rates you’d like in breeding season? Sometimes we expect too much out of our bulls and cows, and become frustrated when breeding doesn’t go quite as planned. If you’ve ever wondered if there is anything you …

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5 Ways to Fight Flies on Cattle [Article + Video]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Last updated on March 9th, 2022 at 04:56 pm Have you found that over the years, it’s become more challenging to fight flies on your cattle operation? It’s frustrating because flies cost time and money. They’re a stressful summer pasture problem for you and the cattle. Worst of all, if flies become a big enough …

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Scours in Calves: Causes. Effects. How to fight ’em. [Article + Video]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Last updated on January 25th, 2022 at 01:53 pm 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; …

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

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last updated on March 9th, 2022 at 05:04 pm “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 …

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