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The Cattle Connection

The cattlemen's connection to timely topics, current research, and profitable management strategies
The thinker

Thoughts and Ponderings

Posted by Travis Meteer -

I was able to attend the Midwest section of ASAS animal science meetings in Des Moines, IA earlier this month. I had the opportunity to view numerous research projects presented and a vast amount of good science being applied to the beef industry. It is always a thought provoking event, but this year I left the meeting with some big questions. The biggest question I feel is "Are beef pr...

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March 25th 2013

Sure doesnt look like spring

Posted by Travis Meteer - Grazing

Wow! The difference a year makes. This time last year we were planting corn in many parts of central and southern Illinois. Not so for this year, many are clearing more than a foot of snow that fell hard and fast yesterday. It makes you start to wonder if we can fire Punxsutawney Phil. From a cattle producer's standpoint, this late winter weather has shackled the chances of getting to g...

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Stretching feeds correctly ensures good cow condition and breeding

Posted by Travis Meteer - Nutrition

Winter weather's strong presence in late February and March has some producers in Illinois scrambling to stretch already limited feed supplies. The best way to stretch feeds is to reduce waste. All feeding strategies have some waste involved. Waste can occur in feed preparation, feed storage, and of course at feeding. By now, improvement must come by decreasing waste at feeding....

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Frost seeding grasses and legumes -via Mike Roegge

Posted by Travis Meteer - Grazing

The past 5 years' weather patterns have really reduced pasture vigor and stand density. We've gone from extremely wet to extremely dry. Neither is good for plant growth and development. Excessively wet soils have little oxygen to support plant roots and have soils that are extremely susceptible to compaction by hoof traffic. Dry soils are just as damaging to plants. Under drought conditions the...

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