Considerations for growth implants when finishing cattle

It is common to hear questions at beef cattle workshops regarding the use of implants for feeding out and finishing cattle for meat production. Here are some considerations for determining an implant program for use in a cattle feeding operation. Implants are one of the most studied technologies in beef production. A well-managed strategy can […]

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Take precautions to minimize the risk of mycotoxins in feeds this winter

There have been several reports of mold in feeds this year.  In addition, reports of animal health problems due to toxins in feeds have been more frequent than usual.  Higher levels of the mold and spoilage means an increased potential for mycotoxins in feeds. It is important to remember that just because feeds have visible […]

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Feed Bunk Management; Key to Animal Health and Performance

Part of feedbunk management is estimating how much feed cattle will eat.  Factors such as cattle size, weight, breed, ration-type, weather and health must be taken into account.  Previous history of feed intake for a pen of cattle can help in estimations. How much work do you want to put into gaining an estimate of […]

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Nutrition of Soil, Forage and Beef Cattle

Your 2019 calf crop has crossed the halfway point of days to weaning!  As we start heading into the fall season it’s time to measure the forage available in the pasture and prepare the land and cattle for the future.  We often don’t consider the soil fertility level in our pastures or realize the options […]

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Updated version of feedlot enterprise budget now available

A new version of the feedlot enterprise budget has been added to the WBIC website. The new version cleans up some formatting and fixes a few formula bugs that were discovered in the feed costs section for adjusting for moisture. It can be downloaded at the Decision Tools and Software page.

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Managing Cattle Through Winter Weather Conditions

Winter weather conditions often present challenges to cattle managers in the Northern Plains (and upper Midwest). Although we can’t alter the weather, there are management steps that can be taken to help maintain cattle health and performance. Bedding Providing bedding is the most useful tool to improve cattle comfort, especially in outside yards. Bedding helps […]

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Beef Cow Winter Feeding Strategies

Winter is in full swing with the white ground and freezing temperatures as I look out towards the cattle barn from my warm living room. During this time it is important to consider your winter beef cow ration fed to your dry cows so they are in top body condition and health at calving time. […]

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