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Technology in reproduction

Feb 10, 2015 by Drovers
During the "Cattlemen's College" sessions at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention last week, George Seidel, Ph.D., a reproductive physiologist and distinguished professor at Colorado State University's College of Veterin

Is BVD in your herd?

Feb 10, 2015 by Lew Stickland
Recently, The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has begun to enforce a law that requires the reporting of animals that are persistently infected with BVD to the State Veterinarian. While not all states have adopted thi

2015 heifer synchronization protocols

Feb 09, 2015 by Robin Salverson
With calving just beginning, it is hard to think about next year's calf crop. However, with bull sales underway, the 2015 AI beef sire directories available, it is time to think about breeding season especially if you w

Old rules of thumb can be misleading

Feb 09, 2015 by Drovers
It's a new world of cattle prices and some of the old rules of thumb that have been used for years need to be modified. I still hear folks talking about a $10/cwt slide for calf prices…the idea that calf prices should

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

Preparing for calving

Feb 06, 2015 by Aaron Berger
For some the "spring" calving season is upon them, although the calendar still says it is winter. For others, the start of the spring calving season is still several months away. The value of calves under current market

It’s time to watch for winter tetany

Feb 06, 2015 by Jeremy Powell
Once cool-season forages begin to reemerge in your grazing pastures, grass tetany can become a potential problem in grazing cattle. We typically see issues with grass tetany during the months of February, March and Apri

BeefTalk: Feel good by feeding some alfalfa

Feb 06, 2015 by Kris Ringwall
Alfalfa is an excellent choice to feed as a supplement to beef cows that are later in their pregnancy. Seldom do we think of hay as being a supplement, but the right high-quality forage, such as alfalfa, certainly can b

A marketing plan for 2015

Feb 05, 2015 by Andrew P. Griffith
It is never too early to start developing a marketing plan for the current calf crop and the next anticipated calf crop. February is a prime time to develop a marketing strategy for the 2015 calf crop regardless if the