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“Is it too hot to work calves?”


“Is it too hot to work calves?”  “Is the temperature and humidity going to kill these cattle this afternoon if we work them?” Those in the cattle business know those questions and thoughts all too well, especially with most of us having off farm careers and jobs now. An informed decision is always the best. […]

I’m putting out High-Mag mineral, but cows are still going down?

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  What is grass tetany and why is magnesium important? Grass tetany, also known as grass staggers, magnesium (Mg) tetany, hypomagnesemia, and wheat pasture poisoning, is a nutritional disorder caused by either 1) an inadequate amount of dietary Mg, or, 2) other mineral related factor that is preventing (antagonizing) dietary Mg from being properly absorbed […]

The “Bud Box” and Double Alley Design for Cattle Pens

K&D Feedlot double alley

This past month as a part of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Conference in South Dakota, I was given the opportunity, along with many other agents from across the country, to tour ranches and feedyards.  Several that we visited have redesigned their working facilities using the “Bud Box” and double alley system to […]

Free BQA Certification Training through October 31

BQA Training

Cattle ranchers have a great training opportunity for both themselves, and their employees.  For a limited time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc (BIVI) is covering the cost of up to $50 per person, for Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training.  BQA is more than just giving shots correctly.  BQA means training everyone who works in the beef […]

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