How Cattle Guards Work

Cattle guard. You know, those people who stand out in their field as hired guns, keeping watch over the herd. Right? There are plenty of jokes that can be made about the term, especially for those who are unfamiliar with agriculture, farming and ranching. But just because you may not know what it means, doesn't … Continue reading How Cattle Guards Work

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5 Tips for Managing Forage, Grazing Systems

Pasture management and grazing systems vary greatly between regions of North America. No matter when the grazing season begins in your area, there are a few common components in preparing to measure and manage your forage and grazing systems. “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” This advice once given to me by a Montana … Continue reading 5 Tips for Managing Forage, Grazing Systems

Does Feeding Pregnant Cows Impact Profitability Through Calf Finishing?

Farmers and ranchers love feeding their cattle. There's just something about going out to the field and emptying a bag of cubes or dropping off a few more protein tubs. This is especially true for livestock producers in the Southeastern U.S. with smaller herds. But does that extra feed pay off in the long run? … Continue reading Does Feeding Pregnant Cows Impact Profitability Through Calf Finishing?

Texas Cattle Feedlot Opens Gates Via Twitter

During the past few years, I've frequently shared my experience working in and with cattle feedlots. From a young age, my family sent our cattle to feedlots in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and our Spring Break "vacation" involved a drive to Amarillo to see those cattle. During college, I had the opportunity to work … Continue reading Texas Cattle Feedlot Opens Gates Via Twitter

Podcast 009 – Researcher on Montana Beef Cattle Extension

I've always been a big supporter of our Land Grant University extension and research programs. Growing up in 4-H had me acquainted with their efforts from the start. Continuing education in the college of agriculture had a natural integration through my undergraduate years, and my graduate research program allowed me to dive even deeper working … Continue reading Podcast 009 – Researcher on Montana Beef Cattle Extension

Caring for Feedlot Cattle During a Winter Storm

When winter storms strike, livestock farmers and ranchers do a number of things to prepare, not only for their home and family but also for their livestock before the storm hits. On occasion, these storms strike with such a fury, that impacts may be catastrophic and historic in nature. Even in a cattle feedlot.   … Continue reading Caring for Feedlot Cattle During a Winter Storm

Mobile App Guides Beef Cattle Breeding Management

There's an app for everything, almost. Now cattle farmers and ranchers can add being able to manage their cowherd breeding schedules to that list! This is an exciting to have accessible because one hesitation for cattle producers to adopt better management in their breeding programs is complicated scheduling. This is one tool that may help … Continue reading Mobile App Guides Beef Cattle Breeding Management

Cattle Market Trends, Seasonality and Resources

How does the old joke go? If you walk into the sale barn cafe, there's a good chance you'll be able to hear a someone griping about the cattle markets or the weather. Two subjects that are ever-changing, and neither will be just right. Too much moisture, or temperature swings to wide. If we sell … Continue reading Cattle Market Trends, Seasonality and Resources

National Geographic Features Cattle Feedlots | Podcast

Meat is murder. Meat—especially beef—is cigarettes and a Hummer rolled into one. For the sake of the animals, our own health, and the health of the planet, we must eat less of it. Meat is delicious. Meat is nutritious. Global demand is soaring for good reason, and we must find a way to produce more … Continue reading National Geographic Features Cattle Feedlots | Podcast