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Replacement Heifer Selection
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Replacement Heifer Selection

John W. Comerford

A costly, but extremely important, feature of the cow-calf herd is the selection and development of replacement heifers. More
Crossbreeding is a Good Idea
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Crossbreeding is a Good Idea

John W. Comerford

Crossbreeding is a good idea because heterosis is free money. More
Beef calf
Beef Cow-Calf Production - Articles Articles

Beef Cow-Calf Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., H. Louis Moore, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

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
Healthy pastures are the first step to weed management.
Weed Management in Pastures - Articles Articles

Weed Management in Pastures

John W. Comerford, Nancy Glazier

The best approach to weed control is the integrated approach. Keeping pastures healthy is the first step. More
Enhancing Reproduction
Added Fat in the Ration of Beef Cows to Enhance Reproduction - Articles Articles
Evidence suggests that the addition of limited fat supplements to the diet of beef cows prior to breeding will enhance reproduction. More
Beef Cattle in feedlot
Feeding Beef Cattle - Articles Articles

Feeding Beef Cattle

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

Beef cattle feeding is possible on small and part-time farms, but the cost of feeding drops significantly as the size of the operation increases. More
Considerations for Retained Ownership of Feeder Cattle
Considerations for Retained Ownership of Feeder Cattle - Articles Articles
Retaining ownership of feeder cattle beyond the traditional time of sale at or near weaning is an option some cow-calf producers may consider. More
Cattle on Feed
Weaning Rations for Beef Steers for Two Rates of Gain - Articles Articles

Weaning Rations for Beef Steers for Two Rates of Gain

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

These rations are based on calves receiving an average grass/legume hay that is .28 mcal/lb NEg and 10% crude protein. More
Influence of Temperature on Feed Requirements of Beef Cows
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Influence of Temperature on Feed Requirements of Beef Cows

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

Here are some basic rules to evaluate the feed requirements of beef cows during the winter. More
Cows with calves on grass
Green Grass Calving - Articles Articles

Green Grass Calving

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

There are many advantages to green grass calving when compared to late winter early spring calving. More
Causes of Vaccine Failure in Beef Cattle
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Causes of Vaccine Failure in Beef Cattle

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

Vaccine failure can be reduced by understanding cattle status, using good vaccination management using the right vaccines at the right time. More
Early Weaning Calves
Early Weaning Calves - Articles Articles

Early Weaning Calves

John W. Comerford

Early weaning calves will be an effective management tool for many breeders and will improve subsequent performance of the cow herd. More
Calving Season Preparation
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Calving Season Preparation

Dustin Heeter, John W. Comerford

After baling hay and fighting snow to feed the cows, a dead calf can be a frustrating and costly result. Preparation and timely action will help make a successful calving season. More
Colostrum and Calf Productivity: A Review
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Colostrum and Calf Productivity: A Review

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

Recent studies at Penn State have shown that 20-25% of veal and dairy-beef calves do not receive colostrum prior to sale. More
Custom Feeding Cattle
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Custom Feeding Cattle

John W. Comerford

For those with the facilities, feedstuffs, and management expertise, custom feeding cattle is an excellent risk management tool. More
Weaning Calves to reduce stress
The Delicate Art of Weaning Calves - Articles Articles
Weaning calves can be a traumatic event for calves, but if done correctly, can be a lucrative management tool. More
Feeding Small Grains to Beef Cattle
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Feeding Small Grains to Beef Cattle

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

The high price of corn has many cattle feeders investigating the use of alternative small grains in cattle rations. More
Docile cattle are often more profitable cattle
Effects of Docility in Beef Cattle - Articles Articles
There is significant information available to show that cattle with a bad disposition will influence economically important production traits. More
The Most Valuable Investment in the Beef Herd - The Bull
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The Most Valuable Investment in the Beef Herd - The Bull

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

This article discusses the decision-making process in buying a bull. More
Reproduction by the Numbers
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Reproduction by the Numbers

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

This article will highlight some of the “numbers” to be considered to be both reproductively efficient and profitable. More
Minerals for Beef Cows
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Minerals for Beef Cows

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

Proper mineral nutrition for beef cows contributes to animal performance. Based on analysis the beef industry over feeds minerals. More
Black Baldy and calf
Beef Cow Nutrition Before and After Calving - Articles Articles
Supplying adequate nutrition to the cow is critical during the 60 days prior to calving and immediately after calving. More