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Beef cattle
Beef Background Production - Articles Articles

Beef Background Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Backgrounding is a beef production system that involves maximal use of pasture and forages from the time calves are weaned until they are placed in a feedlot. More
Beef Production
Beef Production - Articles Articles

Beef Production

Lynn Kime

Beef cattle is a major industry in PA with over 25,000 farms. More
Beef calf
Beef Cow-Calf Production - Articles Articles

Beef Cow-Calf Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

The beef cow-calf business is well adapted to small-scale and part-time farmers who have land suitable for pasture and hay production. More
Basic Beef Production Guidelines
Basic Beef Production Guidelines - Articles Articles
Raising beef cattle can be a profitable enterprise. However, there are several management skills that each beef producer should have to be successful. More
December Preparation for Cattle Herds
December Preparation for Cattle Herds - Articles Articles
December for many cattle producers means preparations for winterizing their herds. More
Dairy Beef
Dairy-Beef Production - Articles Articles

Dairy-Beef Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Production of high-quality dairy-beef is relatively new to the beef industry and depends almost entirely on Holstein bull calves. More
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Prevention and Control of Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle - Articles Articles
Examines the complex factors that contribute to nitrate toxicity and provides recommendations for testing and feeding forages with high nitrate content. More
Water System Planning: Estimating Water Needs
Water System Planning: Estimating Water Needs - Articles Articles
Find out how to estimate homeowner or farmer water needs and calculate how much water must be delivered from a private water supply to meet these needs. More
Feeding Acidified Milk to Calves
Feeding Acidified Milk to Calves - Articles Articles

Feeding Acidified Milk to Calves

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

This article describes reasons for acidifying milk or milk replacer and examines research on acidified milk feeding systems. More
New Thoughts, Old Question: Should We Feed Calves Forage?
New Thoughts, Old Question: Should We Feed Calves Forage? - Articles Articles
Feeding forage to calves has been debated for years. Fermentation of grain is essential for rumen development, but sometimes calves perform better with hay. More
Managing Silage Effluent
Managing Silage Effluent - Articles Articles
No matter our best efforts to harvest at the correct moisture and in a timely fashion, effluent happens. More
Don't Skimp on Health Costs
Don't Skimp on Health Costs - Articles Articles

Don't Skimp on Health Costs

Virginia A. Ishler

Regardless of high or low profit margins the investment in health care for calves, heifers and cows should not waver. More
Even TMRs Need Audited
Even TMRs Need Audited - Articles Articles

Even TMRs Need Audited

Virginia A. Ishler

Audit is usually associated with financials however it applies very well to a total mixed ration (TMR). More
Manure Sampling Instructions
Manure Sampling Instructions - Articles Articles

Manure Sampling Instructions

Virginia A. Ishler

Guidelines on how to sample manure from various animal groups to avoid contamination and have results accurately reflect the diets being fed. More
Supplements for Cows and Steers
Supplements for Cows and Steers - Articles Articles
Find out if you need to supplement your grass hay feed. More
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