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Feed & Nutrition

Learn about all aspects of cattle nutrition from harvest and storage to balancing rations with forage, byproducts and supplements.

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Over the past decade, the ethanol industry has created quite a stir in both the corn and livestock industries.

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The art of growing and baling high-quality hay is a skill some possess, while some managers lack detail or timing.

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As anyone involved in the stocker business can attest, they are operating within a new market reality. With grass and calf prices historically high – along with every other input cost – summer grazing programs are going to tie up a lot of capital ... and carry the resulting high level of risk.

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Colostrum is the first milk produced after a cow gives birth; it is a nutrient dense, immunoglobulin rich milk designed for the newborn calf. Delivering that milk with care is the key to ensuring that a calf's immune system (immature at birth) starts to develop thus warding off infections that are common to young animals.

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Implants have been proven to improve gains by 4 to 5 percent, according to research from Oklahoma State University. This could translate to an additional 18 to 20 pounds of weaning weight.

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The ditches along some roads in southwest Missouri are cluttered this spring with net wrap from round hay bales. The problem, which is particularly noticeable along rural roads, is easily preventable.

The plastic net wrapping used to pack and store hay bales has a good track record for preserving hay quality, but its durability is also its Achilles' heel when it comes to disposal.

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