Understanding the Seasons

Weaning Tools to Reduce Calf Stress, Stimulate Appetite, & More! [Video]

Reading Time: < 1 minute We all know that weaning is an incredibly stressful time for calves and their mamas. Unfortunately, stress can lead to sickness, poor gains, and a diminished appetite. So what can you do to help alleviate some stress this weaning season? Check out these 3 powerful weaning tools that help your calves transition faster, gain better, …

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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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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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How does garlic control flies? [Article + Video]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Garlic is a well-known herb for numerous reasons. For its great flavor, for its health benefits, and yes, for its strong, pungent smell. But did you know garlic is also an effective fly control option?  Additionally, because it’s completely natural, garlic has no negative effects on dung beetles or beneficial soil biology. So how does …

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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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Cow & Bull Prep Critical for Breeding Success [Article]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Percent of calf crop weaned is the single largest factor influencing profitability. After all, you can’t sell a calf that is never born. With calving season underway for some ranches or looming for others, now is the time to start thinking about this year’s breeding season. Here are some tips to ensure you have a …

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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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 can do to boost your chance of success during …

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