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March 2016 Feedlot Facts
“A Cowboy’s Guide to the VFD” by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist The veterinary feed directive (VFD) is essentially a prescription, written by your veterinarian, to your feed supplier, authorizing the supplier to sell you a medicated feed, (More)
February 2016 Feedlot Facts
“A Pinch of Salt” by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist For ranchers who live in areas where grass tetany is common, the fear of suddenly losing a good cow and prevention planning is a normal part of the ranching calendar. Grass tetany, of (More)
January 2016 Feedlot Facts
“Feeding Cows to Maintain Body Condition Score”  by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist  The “optimum” or “target” body condition score for beef cows, at the time of calving, is a Body Condition Score (BCS) of 5 on a 9-point scale. BCS of 1-3 a (More)
December 2015 Feedlot Facts
“Mud Season….Again”  by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist  Consider the humble Box Blade. As a feedlot nutritionist, you’d think my favorite piece of equipment or technology would be the steam-flaker, the feed mixer, the small-ingredient i (More)
November 2015 Feedlot Facts
“High Risk Calf Nutrition”  by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist  What are the three most critical required “nutrients” for high-risk calves who have been on a truck for an extended period? Hay, water, and rest. Alright, those aren’t all exac (More)
October 2015 Feedlot Facts
“Weaning Nutrition”  by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist  The biggest hurdle in getting calves started off right in the fall is the weather. The sooner you get calves through the stress of weaning and started on feed, the better. If calves g (More)
September 2015 Feedlot Facts
“It’s Time to Precondition”  by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist Vaccine and antimicrobial technology continues to improve at a breakneck pace. Yet we continue to see that calves which are unprepared for life in the feedlot and which undergo (More)
August 2015 Feedlot Facts
“The Value of Carcass Gain”  by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist  This is dangerous territory; the topic of fed cattle marketing fills volumes and greater men have failed. But there is one aspect of fed cattle marketing of which to be acutel (More)
July 2015 Feedlot Facts
“Consider Early Weaning early” by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist Normally we only consider early weaning when we are in the throes of a nasty drought. However, given what we now know about calf and cow nutrition, we may want to expand our (More)
June 2015 Feedlot Facts
“Market Weight”  by Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist The world wants your product. And they want more of it. And they’re paying more for it than ever before. So your market signal is to produce more of it for them. But how? The shortage o (More)
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