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Read article: Too Late for Frost Seeding?
Too Late for Frost Seeding?
The first week of March is traditionally when many in central and northern Illinois are frost seeding clover. However, this year has brought a dry,...
Read article: Backyard Beef: A guide to small-scale feeding
Backyard Beef: A guide to small-scale feeding
As the desire for locally grown, niche marketed beef grows, many people are considering feeding cattle for personal consumptions or local sale. Here...
Read article: Stages of parturition
Stages of parturition
Calving season in Illinois offers an array of uncontrollable challenges such as cold, windy weather and mud. However, being knowledgeable and...
Read article: Calving season tips
Calving season tips
Calving season is here! Breeding decisions made the previous year are finally coming to life and are showcased through newborn calves. Although...
Read article: Planning and managing to avoid dystocia
Planning and managing to avoid dystocia
Dystocia, meaning “difficult birth,” often results in the loss of a calf or complications after birth of a live calf. Some examples of complications...
Read article: Factors influencing cow nutrient requirements
Factors influencing cow nutrient requirements
Drought, elevated feed prices, and overall inflation of costs continue to put financial pressure on cow/calf producers. For these same reasons, cow...
Read article: Breeding tips for fall-calving cows
Breeding tips for fall-calving cows
For fall calving herds, breeding season is upon us. Successful reproduction is the forefront of a cow/calf operation and heavily impacts an...
Read article: Managing winter feed costs
Managing winter feed costs
Approximately 60% of a beef cattle producers’ expenses are due to feed costs. Keep feed costs in check while keeping cows in an appropriate body...