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Cull or keep? Factors to consider when culling cows

Plus, culling on temperament and maternal behaviour   And in the case of heifers, if she doesn’t have 2 calves by her 3rd birthday, take her to town. — jt. 419 Photo: Supplied By Heather Smith Thomas via Canadian Cattlemen Grant … Continue reading

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How to cull the right cow without keeping records

I subscribe to an even simpler process. Leave the bulls out year round. Calve during the 21 day period on either side of mid-rains (total calving time = 42 days). Anything that calves outside that period goes to town. Select … Continue reading

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Biology vs. psychology – and three schools of cattle handling

As a livestock owner with tasks to juggle and a short time in which to juggle them, I understand weighing the options for the biggest time benefit. The cowboy side of me also realizes the more time I spend in … Continue reading

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Why we need to let Mother Nature select replacement heifers

 So, since I’m suggesting that you do something differently than the typical rancher, the question “Why not?” deserves an answer. I don’t suspect that doing something differently than the “typical rancher” would bother this group too much. — jtl by … Continue reading

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“Bud Boxes” Gaining in Popularity for Cattle Handling

You might want to get familiar with the term “Bud Box”. It may change the way you work your cattle.  Certainly worth consideration. — jtl, 419 In a recently sponsored Stockmanship and Stewardship event, guest speaker Dr. Ron Gill, Extension … Continue reading

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Cow confinement can improve pastures

We need to be prepared to protect our native range from overgrazing; we need to be planning to give late season rest to those native pastures; and we need be trying to incorporate prescribed fire and I think those are … Continue reading

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Preg testing cows is easier than it used to be

I saw a demonstration of a new model of “extension-arm ultrasound” at the Arizona Cattle Growers meeting last July. It is an awesome piece of gear and, especially if you are a registered breeder, you really should look into it. … Continue reading

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What is the best size cow for your herd?

…several years ago I started using 1,200 pounds as a weight when balancing rations for the average cow. That weight may need to be increased now… Yep, the last time I heard anything about it, the BLM and uSFS are … Continue reading

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The Saretsky family blazes new marketing trails

One Earth has become the largest vertically integrated, natural beef program in Canada involving 9,000 cows on former Diamond Willow and HAB partnering ranches in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario and upwards of 20,000 calves raised under certified natural protocols each … Continue reading

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Home on the desert suits these cattle fine

Drought has hurt traditional New Mexico cattle ranches, which typically raise British breeds like Angus and Hereford. I love these little critters. Sometimes I think they may be part goat. Placed on the roughest of rough desert country, a criollo … Continue reading

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