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The Cattle Connection

The cattlemen's connection to timely topics, current research, and profitable management strategies
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Conducting a Feed Inventory

Posted by Travis Meteer - Nutrition

A dismal hay and corn crop equal a shortage of cattle feed; but how many farmers can tell you the number of bales, pounds of co-products, and days of grazing they have on store? Taking time to count bales of hay, weigh stored feed, and calculate your available grazing days could pay you dividends. It is important to have a plan. After you have a feed inventory, it is important t...

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Fall Forage Opportunities

As some parts of Illinois receive much needed rainfall this week, the hot topic has been fall forage opportunities. A little rainfall, crops coming out early, and feed shortages make planting fall forages something farmers should consider. Many producers have already identified the opportunity to put Oats, Rye, Turnips, or other forage crops in this fall. As a result, expect to see shor...

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Orr Beef Research Center Field Day

Posted by Travis Meteer -

Beef cattle producers are experiencing sustained drought conditions. Many producers have little experience with current situations. Logically, many questions cross a producers mind on a daily basis. Producers in west-central Illinois have the opportunity to attend the Orr Beef Research Center Field Day. Along with a research update, management decisions this year will be the headline to...

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