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Cattle Reproduction: Nothing To It But Do It


I have heard the phrase “nothing to it but to do it” all my life. For me, it translates to “put it on your calendar and it will happen.” As the end of the spring breeding season approaches, I wanted to encourage you to go ahead and schedule pregnancy diagnosis for your spring-breeding cows and […]

Frequently Asked Questions: Incorporating Alfalfa into Bermudagrass Systems

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Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is a perennial forage legume suited for hay, silage, or grazing management systems. The “Queen of Forages” is high yielding and produces excellent quality forage with high energy and protein. Alfalfa was once a dominant species utilized in the Southeast US. However, the harsh environment and elevated insect pressure soon eliminated […]

Managing Heat Stress in Beef Herds this Summer


What is Heat Stress? Heat stress in the cattle herd may be a concern during the warmest months of the year in the Southeast USA (June through early September; when the temperature is above 85°F and the humidity is high). Unlike humans, cattle get rid of excess heat in their system through breathing and panting […]

“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. […]

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