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Cattle: Plan now for winter feeding Program

2019-02-13T09:43:23-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Plan now for winter feeding Program Now is the time to plan your beef herd winter feeding program.  Fine-tuning winter feeding management helps optimize performance, but it is also essential for good animal husbandry, according to livestock nutrition and animal health experts with north Carolina State university (nCSu). 10-Point Plan Matt Poore, PhD, professor and [...]

Quick tips & Good Nutrition Vital for Reproduction

2019-02-13T09:43:08-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Body condition scores (BCS) are an excellent means of monitoring the effectiveness of your beef-cow-nutrition program. Here are 10 management tips to help ensure your cows are at a target BCS of 6.0 by calving: Late summer - Evaluate your cows while still on grass. If they score thin to borderline moderate during this time [...]

Sustanined Nutrition for Lifetime Performance

2019-02-13T09:42:52-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

There are unfortunately many examples to draw upon from our history, especially during wartime, of maternal nutritional deprivation and the long term effects on the lives of their children, and their children’s children. The list includes: diabetes; hypertension; glucose intolerance; insulin resistance; renal failure; cardiovascular disease; and hyperlipidemia. The word “Epigenetics” has emerged as “the idea that [...]

Taking The Bite Out of Horn Fly Losses With Mineral Additives

2019-02-13T09:42:41-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

One of the things beef producers dread most about the coming warm weather is the advent of troublesome horn flies. These insects are annoying, to be sure.  But, they are more than just pests, they are really “obligate parasites,”  who must stay with –and live off of- their host in order to survive.  They feed [...]

Why its important to have cattle supplements

2019-02-13T09:42:22-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Having nutritional supplements always available for your cattle to utilize during critical times, can pay dividends. Not meeting nutritional requirements of heifers and cows during the last third of pregnancy and the first 60 days of lactation, for example, can cost producers great economic loss, according to an Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet on [...]

Who Are You? Identifying Backyard Birds

2019-02-12T12:21:23-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

When you first notice the bright-colored yellow and black bird in your yard, all you can do is admire it.  However, when you learn that the bird is an Evening Grosbeak, you’ll know that a simple tube feeder with Black-oil Sunflower seeds will keep him coming back.  Being able to identify the birds that frequent [...]

The Season Survivors

2019-02-12T12:25:18-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

This winters season has been quite a knockout! From torrential down pours in the west to snow and ice in the east – everyone has been up against some fierce competition dodging the elements. So, how are our feathered friends doing? Tim Kiladze of Forbes.com just announced America’s Top 10 Worst Weather Cities this year [...]

Preparing for Spring Bird Feeding

2019-02-12T12:23:48-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

  As the weather grows warmer and the days grow longer, some familiar faces will begin appearing in your yard. Migrating birds such as hummingbirds, sparrows, swallows, martins and larks will be returning soon, and it’s time to prepare your garden and yard for your feathered friends. Make sure your feeders are clean: Use a [...]

Prep Your Pad for Fall Feathered Friends

2019-02-12T12:24:07-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Fall migration is a great time for birders. We tend to see more birds mainly because birds born in spring and summer are now heading south with all the other birds. Migration is also a time for us bird watchers to notice varieties we normally do not see. Because of the hurricane season, these strong [...]

Wild Bird Etiquette

2019-02-12T12:24:21-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Birds have behaviors just as we do, but if you’ve ever observed them “behaving” you know that some of their actions are just baffling! Bathing in the Dust Have you ever witnessed a bird “bathing” in dust? Believe it or not, birds will often do this to either reduce moisture, align feather barbs (a series [...]

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