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Beef Cattle Tips-September 2014

  Tips for Spring Calving Herds: Cow herd performance is an opportunity to use production data to aid in replacement heifer selection or cull cows due to poor performance. A herd performance test involves weighing cows and calves, frame and muscle scoring calves and body condition cows. Walk through your cattle working facilities and take note of repairs and ...

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Animal Science: Today and Tomorrow

Dr. Tom Troxel                                                                              Dr. Michael L. Looper  So you can graze 300 days in Arkansas!   The 300 day grazing demonstration was a statewide educational effort demonstrating how to plan and manage forage production in seasonal blocks of summer, fall, winter, and spring to match the nutrient demands for livestock.  The statewide education was complemented with ...

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Manage your calves for a healthy start

By Jeremy Powell, Professor & Veterinarian, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture   When you gather your calves to sell this fall, make an effort to give your calves a healthy start by adding a preconditioning program.  Preconditioning programs are designed to minimize the likelihood of disease throughout the rest of a calf’s life.  By ...

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Managing Nitrogen in Pastures

     Nitrogen is the most limiting plant nutrient in agriculture due to the rapid turnover of nitrogenous compounds by soil microbial communities and limited storage availability within the soil matrix. With other macro-nutrients in check, the amount of nitrogen in the soil solution will determine seasonal forage dry matter production and thus beef production. Similar ...

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Animal Science: Today and Tomorrow

  Dr. Tom Troxel                                                                                    Dr. Michael L. Looper     The Impact of Higher Beef Prices: What’s Really Happening? Much attention is being paid to the higher cost of beef, yet sales data and market research show demand for beef remains strong. Beef continues to be a cornerstone of the retail meat case, it’s featured on ...

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Use of Selection Skills: Key to Success

The Animal Industry in the United States is one of the largest and most important economic sectors.  Therefore, it is imperative that we understand the type of animals that are most efficient and most valuable in production.  The subject of livestock evaluation is an important division of animal husbandry and is related, in a most ...

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Animal Science: Today and Tomorrow

Dr. Tom Troxel                                                                                Dr. Michael L. Looper   Department Mourns Loss of Long-Time Professor   The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Department of Animal Science recently said goodbye to a longtime member of the faculty. Dr. A. Hayden Brown Jr., 67, of Fayetteville, died May 26, 2014, in Washington Regional Medical Center in ...

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Forage Management to Decrease Fescue Toxicity

Join us July 1, 2014 for Forage Management Program   For more information, contact Dr. Paul Beck Email: pbeck@uaex.edu Phone: (870) 777-9702 ext. 105 Southwest Reserach & Extension Center 362 Highway 174 North Hope, AR 71801    ...

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Should I creep feed?

     This time of year, cattle producers begin to ask ‘Should I creep feed my calves?’. The answer isn’t as simple as yes or no. There must be a definitive purpose for creep feeding and purposes may include: Increase weaning weight of purebred bulls and heifers Increase growth and maturity in replacement females Increase weaning ...

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Grass Growing Strategy for the Rest of the Year

John Jennings, Professor – Extension Forages The highs and lows of pasture growth over the past three years have shown one thing is for certain. Producers following a good pasture management strategy have a more consistent supply of forage than those that rely only on Mother Nature. With rising costs, controlling inputs is important. But ...

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