Understanding the Seasons

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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Weaning time: How to Reduce Calf Stress, Stimulate Appetite, & More! [Video]

Reading Time: < 1 minute Last updated on March 9th, 2022 at 04:13 pm 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 this powerful weaning tool …

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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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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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How does garlic control flies? [Article + Video]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last updated on March 9th, 2022 at 04:44 pm 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 …

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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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Cow & Bull Prep Critical for Breeding Success [Article]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Last updated on March 9th, 2022 at 04:52 pm 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. …

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