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4 Ways to Ready Your Herd for Winter

Sara Brown, AgWeb

A warm and dry fall has eased many producers into a good position for winter. But weather changes happen quickly and cattle producers should be ready to respond quickly to cattle comfort needs, says Warren Rusche, Extension beef specialist at South Dakota State University.

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Cow BCS Related to Rebreeding and Quality of Colostrum Cow Produces for Calf

David Burton, University of Missouri Extension

Research has shown that cow body condition score is related to the postpartum interval, rebreeding performance and the quality of colostrum the cow produces for its newborn calf. That means a cow body condition score measurement is an important task on any beef cattle operation.

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What Did it Cost to Produce a Calf This Year?

 Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska Extension

Weaning of spring-born calves has occurred for many cow calf producers. Right after weaning is a good time to analyze the business and see what it cost to produce a pound of weaned calf.

Cow costs and thus the cost to produce a weaned calf have shot up over the last 15 years. From 1987 to 2001, the Livestock Market Information Center reports that annual cow costs increased from $300 to $400 per cow. From 2002 to 2015, cow costs more than doubled from $400 to $875 per cow.

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