Recent Blog Posts

  • To Creep Feed? Or Not to Creep Feed?

    March 15, 2017
    Now that calves are on the ground, corn is being planted, and we’ve had some rain, there’s the decision whether to creep feed or not. There are a number of scenarios to consider when deciding to utilize creep feed: Short grass? CHECK! Market prices greater than the cost of feeding?
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  • Nutritional Considerations During Times of Financial Stress

    March 1, 2017
    To read the original article, please click here. Regardless of the affiliated production phase, cattlemen nationwide will feel the financial stress of low cattle markets.
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  • A Successful Beef Cattle Nutrition Program In An Antibiotic Restricted World

    February 15, 2017
    As of Jan. 1, 2017, the FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) became law and changed the way medically important antibiotics have been used in animal agriculture for decades.
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  • Thinking About Cutting Corners on Your Winter Feeding Program? Consider The Implications First

    February 1, 2017
    Recent changes in the feeder cattle market have undoubtedly forced many of us to re-evaluate our day-to-day management practices.
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  • Year 'Round Supplementation Improves Pasture Utilization

    January 15, 2017
    It’s been a challenge raising registered Angus cattle through the last 13 years of drought on the Bradley 3 Ranch in the Texas Panhandle.
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  • Nutrition Your Cattle Needs

    January 1, 2017
    Good nutrition is essential for the health of your herd, but there are many different factors that affect what nutrition your cattle need. By understanding your cattle's needs, you can adjust their diet to offer them the best possible feed in different situations.
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  • Backgrounding: Is there potential for profits this year?

    December 15, 2016
    To see this original blog post, please click here. The beef industry is segmented with most cow-calf producers marketing their calves at weaning or started feeders to either stocker grazers or finishing feedlots.
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  • It’s all in the plan; tips to avoid single trait selection

    December 1, 2016
    To see this origina blog post, please click here. The ability to focus intently is often a worthwhile and productive tool for one seeking improvement.
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  • How Good Is Your Hay?

    November 15, 2016
    To read the original article, please click here. Everyone should have inventoried, sampled and tested each lot of hay by now. Regardless if you market your hay or use it yourself, a forage inventory complete with quality tests is essential to making informed decisions.
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  • Breaking The Cornstalk Grazing Myths

    November 1, 2016
    To view original blog, please click here. About 20 years of University of Nebraska research shows that cornstalk grazing can actually increase soybean yields the following year, and has little or no impact on corn crops.
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  • 9 things to include in your ag lease (that you better have in writing)

    October 15, 2016
    To see this orginal blog post, please check here. It’s a time-honored tradition in the cattle business that a man is as good as his word and a handshake seals the deal. And in some instances, that’s still a common practice from cattle deals to grazing and hunting leases.
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  • 5 Management Steps to Boost Calf Performance & Profit

    October 1, 2016
    To see the original blog post, please see here. Producing and selling a healthy, heavy, high-quality calf should be the goal of all beef producers.
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  • Caring for Newborn Calves

    September 1, 2016
    Cattle may seem hardy, but newborn calves can be weak and delicate, and proper care in the first few hours of their lives will greatly improve survival rates and the overall health of newborns.
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  • Preweaning Processing of Calves

    August 15, 2016
    For more information and to read the full blog, please click here.
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  • Creep Feeding Beef Calves

    August 1, 2016
    Creep feeding is the term used when we choose to feed animal offspring (calves) supplemental feed without allowing the animal adults (cows) access to the supplemental feed.
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  • Keep Your Flock Happy and Healthy

    July 15, 2016
    Whether you have just a few chickens or a large, widely varied flock, a happy, healthy flock will be better socialized and will be more productive layers. Fortunately, happy and healthy go together and it is easy to keep chickens in superb condition with just a few easy steps.
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  • Show Season: Tips for Preparing Your Animals

    June 15, 2016
    Livestock shows are a great chance to show off your hard work, but to accurately represent your skill you will need to be very well prepared.
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  • Tips On Fly Control For Your Cattle

    June 1, 2016
    Every year spring brings new beginnings. The sun shines, livestock begin to breed, and the grass begins to turn green again. With all that beauty also comes some disadvantages. The one disadvantage you should be aware of is fly season.
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  • Gardening With Hoop Houses

    May 15, 2016
    Hoop houses are a quick, easy type of greenhouse, but are they right for your gardening? Learning more about this technique can help you decide if your green thumb is ready for hoops. What Is a Hoop House?
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  • How To Fix Dead Patches In The Lawn

    May 1, 2016
    A dead patch in the lawn is something that plagues every homeowner at some point and time. Dead patches can be tough to avoid as sometimes it really just comes down to the weather and other underlying issues that you cannot control such as water restrictions and root infections.
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  • Rules of Thumb for Pruning Flowering Shrubs

    April 15, 2016
    Pruning can be very beneficial – even essential – for flowering shrubs, but it can be intimidating to pick up a pair of shears and attack your favorite blooming bush. If you understand the general rules of thumb for pruning flowering shrubs, you can keep your shrubs even more beautiful.
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  • How to Prep Your Show Animals

    April 1, 2016
    No matter what types of animals you want to show – cattle, horses, sheep, chickens, pigeons, dogs, cats – they need to be at their best to make a favorable impression, and there are certain steps every animal owner can take to impress the judges.
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  • The Circular Health Check for Goats

    March 15, 2016
    An important part of properly caring for your goats is being able to distinguish when they’re unhealthy and need some extra care. Many ailments can be caught and then treated by performing a simple visual inspection of your animal with the Circular Health Check about once a week.
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  • 10 Best Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors

    March 1, 2016
    Starting seeds indoors can seem intimidating for gardeners who may not have the greenest thumbs, but it's not hard to do with the right preparation and attentive care. Why Start Your Own Seeds?
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  • Raising Baby Chicks Can Be Easy, Even For The Inexperienced

    February 15, 2016
    Many people are opting to raise their own chicks these days. It’s a rewarding experience that can leave you with the freshest eggs on the block. If you’re new to the baby chicks game, then this article is for you. Raising chicks doesn’t have to be hard.
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