Travis Meteer

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Simple two-part cow rations for this winter

Dec 22, 2015 by Travis Meteer
Depending on your farm set-up, available equipment, and your willingness to purchase diesel fuel, your least-cost ration may look very different than your neighbors. Availability and proximity to co-product feeds, such

Feeding poor quality hay

Nov 05, 2015 by Travis Meteer
Remember what a miserable year it was trying to get dry hay put up? In west-central Illinois, the rainy weather made it near impossible. In the month of May, we recorded rainfall on 15 of 31 days. In June, rainfall was

How much can I afford to pay for a bull?

Feb 06, 2015 by Travis Meteer
A popular question this time of year is "How much can I afford to pay for a bull." My go-to answer is usually… "How much revenue loss would you have from a pasture full of open cows?" After all, we often de-value the

Tips for calving season

Jan 21, 2015 by Travis Meteer
Calving season is either here or fast approaching for many Illinois cattlemen. I would just like to share a few tips that I have gathered through some of our winter meetings.

Avoiding acidosis in beef cattle

Jan 20, 2015 by Travis Meteer
As farmers put together least-cost rations this winter, many of them will be using corn as an ingredient. For many farmers, corn stored on farm will be the cheapest source of energy.