Beef Tech-Lines Archive

  • Guidelines for Optimal Production of Corn Silage, Earlage and HM Corn

    Good forage management involves properly harvesting, storing and then protecting the forages to maximize quality and minimize the dollars lost on spoiled and wasted feed.

  • Medicated Feed Additives for Pasture Cattle

    Are medicated feed additives (MFA) worth the cost and what type of improvement in production can be expected from each of the additives?

  • Dry Lots for the Cow Herd

    As the nation’s cow herd continues to shrink due to drought and pasture land being converted to grain production, many cow/calf producers are looking for alternative management options. One alternative that is becoming more feasible is using a dry lot for the cow herd.

  • Limit Feeding the Cow Herd

    When drought conditions hit, feeding the cow herd becomes a serious concern.

  • Self-feeder Management

    Self-feeders or steer stuffers are commonly used to feed cattle in growing and finishing situations.

  • Utilizing High Nitrate Feeds

    Toxic levels of nitrates are a possibility every year in forages harvested to be utilized in cow/calf, growing and finishing programs.

  • Drought Management Strategies for Cow/Calf Operations

    Managing the cow herd through drought conditions is crucial for the future success of your operation.

  • Calf Creep Feeding

    Creep feeding is a common management practice utilized by cow calf producers. Creep feed is offered to suckling calves in such a way that the adult cows cannot access the feed.

  • Heat and Rain Damaged Hay

    As we make hay there are several situations in which we can see reductions in quality and recovery. The two events that cause the greatest concern are spontaneous heating and rain damage.

  • Mineral Nutrition in the Cowherd

    While the cows are calving we need to think about how to get them bred back as efficiently as possible. With record high calf prices it is essential to have the highest possible calf crop.

  • High Magnesium Minerals and Grass Tetany

    This is a problem that affects mature cows grazing lush green pastures in the early spring, but it is also seen in stocker calves and bulls.

  • Managing the Hay Supply in Cow-Calf Operations

    Hay is a vital part of most cattle operations whether being used for winter feeding, as part of a growing or finishing diet, or as a supplement to limited pasture.

  • Overview of Preconditioning

    Preconditioning is a vaccination, nutrition, and management program designed to prepare young cattle to withstand the stress associated with weaning and shipment to a stocker, backgrounding yard or feedlot.

  • Harvesting and Feeding High Moisture Corn, Ear Corn and Snaplage

    High moisture corn, high moisture ear corn and snaplage provide potentially lower feed costs as well as feeding and harvesting flexibility.

  • Optimizing Phosphorus Supplementation of the Beef Cow

    In the cow-calf operation, profitability is primarily determined by four factors; weaning rate, weaning weight, total feed costs, and calf price.

  • Spring Minerals

    It is likely that some cow calf producers will have trouble this spring and will be looking for help. What can be done?

  • Implants

    What are Implants? They are growth stimulants that can improve rate and/or efficiency of gain.

  • GAINPRO<sup>®</sup>

    In today’s markets we have to be more aware of feed utilization than ever before. In the cattle industry we must maximize performance and reduce feed costs to improve the profitability of our operations.

  • Optaflexx

    Optaflexx (ractopamine hydrochloride) is the trade name for a medicated feed additive approved for use in feedlot animals fed in confinement for slaughter.

  • Aureo S 700<sup>®</sup> in Starting Rations

    Nutritionists, veterinarians and feedlot managers debate the merits of various medications in starting cattle diets.