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Read article: Start Selecting 2024 Illinois Performance Tested Bulls
Start Selecting 2024 Illinois Performance Tested Bulls
Seedstock breeders should be identifying bulls they plan to consign to the 2024 Illinois Performance Tested (IPT) Bull Sale. The IPT Bull Sale is the...
Small group of black and white Simmental cows grazing in cornstalks.
Read article: Can I graze cows on cornstalks?
Can I graze cows on cornstalks?
Grazing cornstalks is arguably the best cost-saving strategy Midwestern cattlemen can deploy. The cost of grazing cornstalks is low; first because...
Calf with 2-step weaning nose insert
Read article: Investigating the two-step weaning strategy in beef calves
Investigating the two-step weaning strategy in beef calves
It is that time of year again when producers are preparing to wean  calves. Weaning can be one of the most stressful events for both the calf and the...
Cow with mouth open from heat
Read article: Managing heat stress in cattle
Managing heat stress in cattle
Heat stress is a multifaceted issue that poses significant challenges to beef cattle producers, impacting animal welfare, health, and profitability....
Sign at Dixon Springs Ag Center displaying the U.S. Forest Service and University of Illinois branding
Read article: 2023 Dixon Springs Beef Day
2023 Dixon Springs Beef Day
Dixon Springs Ag Center to Host Beef Day Illinois Extension and the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences are pleased to announce the...
cows drinking water
Read article: Sustainable water management for beef cattle during drought
Sustainable water management for beef cattle during drought
Drought conditions pose significant challenges for beef cattle producers, particularly in terms of ensuring an adequate water supply for their herds...
Cow/Calf herd grazing on dry pasture
Read article: What are alternative forage options for beef cattle producers during a drought?
What are alternative forage options for beef cattle producers during a drought?
Cattle producers have been watching pasture productivity underperform due to dry conditions. Lower forage availability in pastures and hayfields has...
Cows grazing red clover regrowth in pasture
Read article: Reminders for cattle producers dealing with dry conditions
Reminders for cattle producers dealing with dry conditions
As temperatures start to rise and rain becomes scarce, cattle farmers are facing the challenge of managing their herds in dry weather conditions....