Beef Tips

Category: July 2020

Drought Preparedness for the Cow-Calf Producer Webinar To Be Hosted on Zoom July 9

Registration is now open for a webinar that will help Kansas beef cattle producers prepare to manage and reduce the impacts of drought and reduced forage availability on cow herds.

The webinar will be hosted by the Kansas State University (K-State) Animal Sciences and Industry Department and K-State Research and Extension via Zoom on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at noon CDT. Continue reading “Drought Preparedness for the Cow-Calf Producer Webinar To Be Hosted on Zoom July 9”

Differentiating Pasture Lameness in Beef Cattle

by A.J. Tarpoff, DVM, MS, beef extension veterinarian

During the summer grazing months many producers run into issues with lame cattle. The effects of lameness may show itself by decreased fertility, weight loss, decreased performance, and increased labor and medicine costs. It has been estimated that 88-92% of lameness in cattle stems from the foot. Several issues could be the culprit, but we will review some of the common causes and the key differences between the clinical signs. Continue reading “Differentiating Pasture Lameness in Beef Cattle”

Bucking the Trend of Insecticide Resistance

by Cassandra Olds, extension entomologist

As temperatures rise and we move into the throes of summer, many are evaluating their insect control options. Controlling insects and related arthropod pests has been a challenge since the dawn of human history. Descriptions of these early attempts exist as preserved archeological artifacts, some of which date as far as 4000 years ago! Continue reading “Bucking the Trend of Insecticide Resistance”

Tally Time – Opportunities and Options for Pregnancy Staging

By Sandy Johnson, Extension Beef Specialist, Colby

For any number of reasons from shortage of pasture to cattle marketing opportunities, knowledge of if and when a cow or heifer is pregnant is valuable.  That information can be used to identify early bred yearlings for replacements and late bred or open females to remove from pasture in order to extend the grazing season.  Heifers that are known to be pregnant to an AI sire bring premiums. A group of yearling heifers pregnant with heifer calves and consequently less expected calving difficulty may be worth more than those with male calves. Continue reading “Tally Time – Opportunities and Options for Pregnancy Staging”

Heat Stress Resources for Cattle Producers

By: Justin Waggoner, Ph.D., Beef Systems Specialist

The first weeks of June often bring summer-like temperatures to the southern Great Plains and with those first hot, humid days comes heat stress. Recent market conditions have created a scenario when there are greater inventories of heavier cattle on feed in many feedyards. The convergence of these two factors prompted our KSU Beef Extension Team to host a webinar highlighting the current weather outlook and how to prepare for heat stress events. The webinar was recorded and may be accessed Continue reading “Heat Stress Resources for Cattle Producers”

Do’s and Don’ts Upon Returning to Work

By: Justin Waggoner, Ph.D., Beef Systems Specialist

Many businesses and organizations are now beginning to reopen after several weeks of modified operations or closures. A recent article – – highlighted several items that both employees and managers should consider when returning to work. Continue reading “Do’s and Don’ts Upon Returning to Work”