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Precondition calves regardless of weaning time

The well-prepared, preconditioned calf rewards the producer, the buyer and, most importantly, the calf

Now is the time to start preparing calves for marketing with a sound preconditioning program developed in concert with your veterinarian. Drier weather may mean selling this year’s calves earlier, so preconditioning your calves sooner rather than later makes good sense. Do not wait and, out of frustration, call the trucker and just send the […] Read more


North Dakota beef production costs jump 200 per cent

News Roundup from the October 5, 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Beef production is becoming expensive. I am not referring to the end product but rather to the weaned calf. The cost per pound weaned per exposed cow has jumped 200 per cent since the turn of the century. That is not good news. Cost control is critical in every business. If costs are allowed to […] Read more



red angus bulls in a pen

Revising the bull pen

Each year, the Dickinson Research Extension Center reviews the bulls from the previous year to cut back on what bulls need to be overwintered. Because the bulls are bought based on their ability to transmit the right genes into the cow herd, their expected progeny difference (EPD) values already have stood the evaluation tests of when they were purchased. […] Read more


May calving bull turnout is Aug. 1

Expected start of the 2015 calving season set at May 10

NDSU Extension Service – Given later calving, 99 per cent of the cows are calving within the first two breeding cycles (42 days) at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The center switched to May calving in 2012. So far, following late-calving on grass in 2013 and 2014, the cows have rebred very well. Again this […] Read more



cow and her calf in a pasture

Calf Planting

Cows are on high alert after calving, so this planting behavior impacts how and when groups of cattle can be moved or at least easily moved.

NDSU Extension Service – As the Dickinson Research Extension Center winds up May calving, the year has been good. May calving involves pastures, grass and space. Because feed is not delivered in a bunk, the cow decides where she wants to be in the pasture and sets in motion a series of thoughts that anchor […] Read more




Spring reflections and calf deaths

Take a serious look at the reasons why each calf died and what could be done next time to save it

NDSU Extension Service – The next week will be busy at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The cows have been turned out on cool-season grass and the yearlings need to be worked. The yearling steers are vaccinated and have been turned out for summer grazing or sent to the feedlot. The center typically sends half […] Read more