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Late-summer rains have helped ease some of the drought-stricken pastures in the Southeast. Still, hay and winter feedstuffs are weighing heavy on the minds for many in the drought areas. If you are in a position to sell hay this year, make the selling process easier for everyone involved by submitting correctly gathered samples for analysis.

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During the fall, many Western ranchers are weaning and checking for open cows. Cull cows will begin to be sorted from the herd, so it’s time to decide the best way to market this valuable set of cows.

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The goal of every receiving protocol in the feedlots is to get cattle up on feed quickly and keep calves healthy to optimize weight gain and feed efficiency during the finishing period. While feedlots have several tools to aid in accomplishing this goal, management on the cow-calf farm is really the driving force behind the success – or lack of success – of a group of steers entering the feedlot.

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Spring-calving herds

Weaning time is upon most producers in the Southern Great Plains. Make sure you are ready with adequate supplies of vaccines, needles, eartags (if not already tagged), dewormer, etc.

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What if someone is injured on my property? It is a concern shared by landowners across the country. Although the law regarding landowner liability differs greatly among states, many states have statutes designed to protect landowners in certain situations where injures occur.

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There are few matters pertaining to cattle production that are predictable. For a cow-calf producer, determining the need and best option for a supplemental feeding program is one of them.

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