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The Cattle Connection

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

Problems in your pasture

Producers should take some time to scout pastures for poisonous plants and presence of ergot. Some poisonous plants to be on the lookout for would be: White Snakeroot Perilla Mint...

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clipped pastures

Should I clip/mow my pasture?

Posted by Travis Meteer - Grazing

A frequent question for early summer time is "Should I clip my pasture?" In most cases, the farmer is seeking a yes or no answer…and hopefully validation of their current practice. Unfortunately, the answer is somewhat dependent on your previous pasture management and current grazing system. If you have pastures with heavy weed pressure, encroaching woody species, and a predominantly co...

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Controlling Flies in Your Beef Cattle Herd

The wet spring has certainly provided favorable breeding conditions for flies. As we progress into the summer it is evident that fly pressure could be heavy. Types of Flies: Stable fly : This fly is found on the feet and legs of the animal. Naturally, irritation in this area causes cattle to stomp their feet and switch their tail....

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Buying hay vs. Growing your own hay

Posted by Travis Meteer - Hay

Hay is the traditional feedstuff of choice for wintering beef cows in the Midwest. This leads many cattlemen into the question "Should I buy my hay or raise it myself?" The correct answer depends on numerous factors. The list below helps illustrate these factors. Buy Hay Limited land resources to use for hay production Busy, lim...

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CRP hay

Hay: Nutrient Value and Cost of Production

Posted by Travis Meteer - Hay

Although hay feeding has stopped on most farms and cows are out on grass, it is important to look at the value of hay as many start harvesting this year's hay crop. Every ton of hay contains approximately 40 lbs. of N, 20 lbs. of P, and 50 lbs. of K. However, it is important to calculate N losses at about 75%, thus only about 10 lbs. of N are returned to the soil. The values of P and K...

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