Using High Quality Alfalfa in Growing and Finishing Rations

Discussions with cattle feeders on growing and finishing rations often revolve around corn silage, grain, and co-product feeds like distiller’s grains or other grain processing feedstuffs. I also often hear folks make comments that beef cattle do not need high quality hay.  While some classes of beef cattle do not need high quality alfalfa hay, […]

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Cornstalks for Beef Cow Feed is a No-brainer

The best way to utilize cornstalks is to graze them. Cattle graze selectively, looking for the more palatable feedstuffs. The more palatable parts of the plant are also more nutritious. Cattle first eat the remaining corn grain, then husks, then leaves, and finally the stalk. Cattle will eat the more digestible and higher protein portions […]

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Corn Silage Pricing Spreadsheet Update and New App Available

A recent update to the Corn Silage Pricing Spreadsheet and the new Corn Silage Pricing app for iPhones and iPads are now available. The Corn Silage iPhone/Pad app is available at the iTunes store here: Corn Silage Pricing App for iDevices  The Excel Spreadsheet with some updates is available here: Corn Silage Pricing Excel Spreadsheet […]

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BQA Certification Trainings Scheduled

Some large packers and processors have announced that effective January 1, 2019, buyers representing them will only purchase from farms that are BQA or FARM Certified. Most dairy farms are certified with their dairy processor; ask your dairy rep for help in providing your FARM Certification number at the point of sale. This will be […]

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Starting Newly Weaned Calves on Feed

Proper management during the receiving phase is critical to overall health and long-term performance of cattle in the feedlot. Newly weaned calves are faced with the stress of separation from the cow, deprivation of feed and water during transportation, and adaptation to the feedlot environment. Whether calves are being introduced into a backgrounding or finishing […]

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Preconditioning Calves; Is it in the Cards?

As the summer grazing season winds down and the time is getting near for cow calf producers to wean calves, they might be asking themselves, with the prices of many agricultural commodities, can I add some value to my calves by preconditioning my calves or just sell them right off the cow?  For starters, what […]

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Evaluating Herd Profitability

Weaning time is just around the corner for our spring calving cows and as we prepare to separate our cows from their calves we should additionally prepare to evaluate certain benchmarks that represent our cow herd’s productivity and overall profitability.  Weaning Percentage One such benchmark that holds great economic importance to our cow herd is […]

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