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Content by Julie Walker

A series of three creep feeders placed on an open range. Courtesy: Robin Webster (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Creep Feeding Options: Will it Pay?

Creep-feeding should be evaluated on yearly basis to determine if it will provide production and economic benefits to the operation.

A small group of cattle grazing a vast, open range as the sun sets in the background.

Using Increased Longevity to Reduce Annual Cow Cost

When evaluating annual cow cost, feed rises to the top of the list. Feed cost is an important area to consider; however, have you evaluated the cost of incorporating replacement heifers into the cowherd?

Black angus cattle feeding in a feedlot.

What Goes Into Calculating Yardage?

Yardage cost is the non-feed cost per head for every day that an animal is fed harvested feed in some form of confinement. Yardage is usually associated with calves and yearlings in the feedlot, but this concept can apply to drylotted or wintering cows as well.

pair of calves at pasture

Calf Value Discovery Program Registration Open

October 07, 2019

The SDSU Extension Calf Value Discovery Program allows cow/calf operators to gain valuable feedback to help them improve management decisions that impact the financial bottom-line.

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SDSU Extension Calf Value Discovery Program Registration Open

December 18, 2018

South Dakota cattle producers can sign up for the SDSU Extension Calf Value Discovery Program today to receive post-weaning performance data to help them improve management decisions that impact the financial bottom-line.

Two white steers standing in a feedlot.

A Glimpse Into South African Beef Production

Traveling outside the USA creates an opportunity for individuals to compare and evaluate agricultural production practices. Recently, I had the opportunity to see and learn about the beef industry in South Africa.

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Managing Heifers to Improve Longevity

December 18, 2018

Management strategies to develop the best possible conception rate for replacement heifers are critical to improve longevity in the herd. Hence the ultimate goal is the same: getting the heifers bred - and preferably early in the breeding season.

several cattle standing and sitting by a windbreak

Cold Weather Management Options

Winter weather conditions impact cattle as well as the cattle producers. Cold temperatures combined with wind creates more stress and increased management to achieve similar animal performance.

small group of black heifers at feed trough

Impacts of Nutrient Restriction on Heifer Pregnancy Success

Understanding the factors impacting reproductive failure within heifers is critical to implementing management strategies that will improve heifers’ chances of remaining within the beef herd and successfully producing calves.

Small group of cattle at pasture.

Feeding at the Right Price

Managing feedstuffs efficiently becomes more important during drought conditions or low revenue years.