Cattle

Cattle Feeding in Winter: How to Prepare, Budget, & Avoid Shortages This Year

Feed is the number 1 biggest input cost for beef cattle accounting for 59% of your total cost. During winter is when the majority of this cost is spent. Read on for tips on cattle feeding this winter without overspending and without undernourishing your herd. Cattle Feeding During Winter Winter feeding can cost farmers up to 5 times as much as summer grazing in a pasture or in a paddock. On average, it costs around $1.50 USD a day per cow for wintering costs. When [...]

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The Ultimate Guide to Raising Beef Cattle

In recent decades, the raising and treatment of beef cattle have generated controversy and been looked upon with intense scrutiny. Many people are angry with the restaurant industry and disgusted by the concept of factory farms. This is where you come in: the small-time dairy farmer, the humane, hard-working farmer that most Americans cheer for. The truth is though, it’s way too easy to count chickens before they hatch, or in this case, cows, and raising beef cattle is harder than [...]

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Hay: What’s Best for Your Cattle’s Health?

The cattle industry has a long history in the United States and remains very popular. In fact, the cattle population in 2016 was over 980 million! Caring for cattle involves many details–most importantly ensuring you always have enough food on hand. If you’re preparing to enter the ranching game or want to reevaluate your current feeding routine, keep on reading. In this post, you’ll learn about what hay is best for your livestock. Available Hay Types There are two main categories of hay: grass [...]

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Tips for Herding Cattle Easily and Safely

Did you know there are 93.5 million cattle in the United States? With projected cattle demand high for 2018, it’s more important than ever to keep your herd healthy and safe. Whether your operation is large or small, herding cattle is no doubt a regular part of your routine. Here are some tips to improve the ease and safety of moving your cattle. 1. Think Like a Bovine If you want to herd cattle effectively, you must first understand how they think. Humans are predatory, meaning we instinctively [...]

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