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Reproductive Management of Cow Herd During Drought

With breeding season approaching, cattle producers must develop or modify management plans in anticipation of a drought to keep the most productive and valuable cows in the herd.

Livestock Water Quality Likely to be Impacted by Drought

When surface waters become low, the mineral component of the water becomes more concentrated because minerals do not evaporate with the water. The quality of water has impacts on cattle intake and weight gain.

Cow with lice
Lice Infestations Rise With Mild Winter

In the midst of one of the mildest winters in North Dakota history, many ranchers are faced with lice infestations in herds even though they have treated their cattle.

Dried distiller's grains mixed with corn silage
Higher Feed Prices Pose Problems for Cattlemen

Distillers grains are unique in that the price of this byproduct of ethanol production is usually priced relative to the corn market. However, distillers grains prices have increased in line with protein markets.

Collecting a forage sample
Forage Analysis Valuable to Develop Winter Feeding Programs

Determining the nutrient content of forages and other feeds through laboratory analysis is the best way to design a nutrition program that meets livestock requirements.

Cow and calf on corn stalks
Cow Fertility, Pregnancy Rate Key Economic Traits

Selling more calves as it relates to cows exposed and cow input costs is a greater indication of business success than any other production parameter.

Now is the time to make plans for the 2021 grazing season.
Now is Time to Plan for 2021 Grazing Season

Pastures stressed by drought and/or overgrazing this fall more than likely will experience a delay in grazing readiness in 2021, irrelevant of the amount of snow received this winter and rainfall received next spring.

Backgrounding calves
Rising Feed Prices Affect Backgrounding Decisions

As feed prices rise, calf prices tend to trend lower, and ranchers may consider backgrounding calves for a period of time to help get calves through weaning stress and develop immunity through administered vaccines.