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2014

 

 

January/February

Meeting Your Cow Condition Target Efficiently, Old Paradigm, New Shif

Meeting protein and energy needs for your cows with feedstuffs, quality minerals and trace minerals, and maintaining body condition score (BCS) during winter conditions (Larson)

What Level of By-Products Should Be Fed?

Feeding by-products and managing bunks, alternative protein sources and managing those resources, reading bunks, feed processing, and starting cattle with by-products (Fanning)

March/April

Nutrition and Management for the Bred Heifer

Differences in feeding strategies for developing heifers and effects on reproduction.  Energy balance and Body Condition Score (BCS) (Miller)

Why We Stress Feedlot Pen Maintenance

The importance of pen maintenance and the large effect it has on cattle performance (Martin)

2013

 

 

January/February

Feeding Dairy Type Steer Calves

Economic interest in feeding dairy cattle and the technology, feed, and performance management (Larson)

Drought Effects on Calf Health

Long term effects from 2012 drought conditions on calf and herd health (Prawl)

March/April

CTC Controls Pneumonia and Anaplasmosis

Economic and performance benefits of utilizing Chlortetracycline in multiple stages of beef production (Fanning)

Feeding Cows in Confinement or Semi-Confinement

Factors to consider when confining cows as a management or marketing strategy and the reproductive/weaning performance (Martin)

May/June

The Impact of Removing Growth Enhancing Technologies from the U.S. Beef Industry

Growth technologies such as ionophores, implants, and beta-adrenergic agonists.  Comparisons and results of treated and un-treated animals.  The economical efficiencies of the technologies and their impacts bottom line of implementing them in the beef industry (Miller)

July/August

Assessing the Mineral Status of Beef Cattle

Reasons supporting the analysis of mineral’s on animal performance, individual trace mineral roles in a program, and liver biopsy tests (Prawl)

Polioencephalomalacia

Affects and characteristics of this non-infections disease found in cattle, causes, and preventive measures (Larson)

September/October

Grazing Crop Residue

Benefits to the feeder/grain farmer by feeding crop residues and the economic impacts (Fanning)

Weaning Receiving Programs

Types of calves being received, steps to take prior to receiving, types of rations for receiving calves, reading cattle, and getting calves started right (Martin)

November/December

Proper Ration Preparation Prevents Poor Performance

Preparing equipment and feed is important a successful feeding operation.  Quality feedstuffs, diet formulation, feeding directions plus others are important to keep your feeding program on track (Prawl)

Annual Forage Crops: How Do They Compare?

Utilizing different resources is important to efficiently manage your costs due to economic factors pressuring the livestock industry.  Sorghums and other forages may be an option when considering other resources. (Miller)

2012

 

 

January/February

Kazakhstan

Summary of Dan Larson’s overseas trip (Larson)

Going, Going, Gone Green?

Benefits of beef and the industry to the environment/world (Fanning)

March/April

We Can’t Improve What You Won’t Keep Track Of

Record keeping for all phases of beef development(Prawl)

Increasing Stocking Rate of the Beef Cow

Economical supplementation to increase stocking rates (Miller)

May/June

Proper use of Implants

Tips when considering implants (Erickson)

The Value of Calving Early

Early calving, calving distribution; ionophores (Martin)

Micronutrients and their impact on Cattle in the Feedyard

Economic and development advantages of micronutrients; chelated trace minerals (Larson)

July/August

Harvesting Drought Stressed Forages

Nitrates, ensiling, grazing failed forages (Fanning)

Drought Causes a Cow/Calf Producer to Adapt

Cow/Calf care, pasture longevity, early weaning and performance (Prawl)

September/October

Management Tips for Feeding Alternative Forages

Alternate forage, protein, supplement ideas; ionophores (Miller)

Management Decisions Will Make a Difference in Profitability

Health, bunk management, implants, pen conditions, additives (Martin)

November/December

Key Steps in Effective Succession Planning

Business goals, family planning, contingency plan (NTA Research and Development Council)

2011

 

 

January/February

Feeding Co-Products; Fact vs. Myth

Benefits of distillers byproducts (Fanning)

Ionophores in Beef Cows

Ionophore benefits, timing, strategy in the cow herd (Martin)

March/April

BCS Calving Difficulty

Body Condition Score (BCS) goals, strategies, effects (Larson)

Energy Values of Feeds – Interpreting a Lab Analysis

Net energy, total digestible nutrients; NEm vs. NEg (Fanning)

May/June

Using Nutrition as a Tool to Improve AI and ET Success

Balancing diet protein for reproductive technology success, BCS (Larson)

Stretch the Cow’s Live as Long as Possible

Economics for heifer replacement, sound rations/mineral programs (Prawl)

Four Silage Management Opportunities in 2011

Silage density, techniques/economics if sealing, effects of spoiled silage, safety issues (Bolsen)

July/August

Influence of Processing and Grain Type On Starch Digestion

Energy and starch effects from processing (Owens)

Shade vs. Sprinklers vs. Misters

Management strategies to reduce extreme weather conditions (Mader)

September/October

Bedding Versus Extra Feed for Cattle Cold Stress Management

Bedding inclusion, economic effect (Mader)

Developing Marketable Bulls with Longevity in Mind

Bull development, rations, bull condition (Larson)

November/December

Have you thought about Zilmax?

Economic/performance benefits, results (GPLC)

Mineral Supplementation for the Gestating Cow

Energy utilization, vitamin/mineral effects, trace minerals (Miller)

Footrot

Treatment, strategies, research, pen management (Martin)

2010

 

 

January/February

Cull Cow Feeding and Management

Selection, pen/bunk management, gain (Larson)

Feeding Light Test Weight Grain

Ration inclusion, rolled corn comparison, research (Martin)

March/April

Young Bull Nutrition

Nutrition stages, transitions, BCS, development (Martin)

Implants

Implant strategies, benefits, considerations (Fanning)

May/June

Ionophores

Management tool for different phases of beef production (Martin)

Trace Mineral Nutrition

Different trace minerals and their advantages (Larson)

July/August

Limit Feeding

Implementation and benefits for different seasons, stages of production (Prawl)

Reproductive Problems Associated with Legume Forages

Phytoestrogen effects and balancing diets (Larson)

September/October

Grazing Small Grain Pastures Requires Mineral Supplementation

Economic return, essentials of mineral supplementation (Prawl)

Weaning and Receiving

Strategies, health, pen management, ionophores (Fanning)

November/December

Feeding Facility Design – Fighting Mud

Economic/performance effect of mud and proper building design (Larson)

Feeding Distillers Grains in Feedlot Diets Can Eliminate Need for Urea

Balancing diets with byproducts, DIP, protein (Prawl)

2009

 

 

January/February

Winter Weather Effects on Nutrient Requirements of Cattle

Diet strategies, energy, effect of moisture, cold weather stress (Martin)

Cold Weather Management

Performance/economic loss due to mud, pen conditions, bunk management, bedding (Fanning)

March/April

Top Ten Feedlot Profitability Tips

Management strategies to increase returns (Fanning/Martin)

Top Ten Cow/Calf Profitability Tips

Management steps to improve conditions (Fanning/Martin)

May/June

Heifer Development

Adequate diet nutrients, dry lot, estrous synchronization (Larson)

Summer Heat and Keeping Cows Comfortable

Heat stress, milk production, strategies (Chapman)

July/August

Acidosis

Causes, prevention, rations (Fanning)

Deworming

Strategies, economic effects, administration (Goehl)

September/October

Weaning Nutrition

Planning, receiving rations, dry matter intake, antibiotics, trace minerals (Martin)

Preconditioning

Vaccine timing, value-added calves, sound start/management keys (Stegeman)

November/December

Winter Cow Management

BCS, nutrient requirements, gestational development (Larson)

Molds and Toxins

Byproducts, Aflatoxin, Zearalenone, Vomitoxin, Fumonisin, T-2, toxin binders (Fanning)

2008

 

 

January/February

Animal Welfare Status in the U.S.

Husbandry practices, animal environment (Schneider)

Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cows – Why They Are Important and How They Change Throughout the Year

BCS, TDN, cost-effective diets (Martin)

Precision Minerals

Mineral research, different products (Fanning)

March/April

Distillers Grains in Heifer Development and Co Rations

Supplementing benefits, ADG, research, BCS (Martin)

Performance Differences due to Environmental Condition

Windbreaks, weather stress, thermoneutral zone (Fanning)

Body Condition of the Mature Horse

General description, desired levels, assess (Schneider)

May/June

Energy is Not a Nutrient

Estimation of performance, lab analysis, ADF, byproducts, digestion (Fanning)

Finishing Technologies

Benefits/returns of implants, feed additives, metabolic modifiers, ionophores (Martin)

July/August

The Effects of Diet Particle Size on Animal Performance

Grain composition, feed utilization, effects (Schneider)

Heat Stress

Pen management, environment, bunk management strategies (Fanning)

Trace Minerals in Cattle Health

Importance of trace minerals, health maintenance, chelated minerals (Martin)

September/October

Benchmarking as a Tool for Swine Producers

Goals, sow management, economic returns (Schneider)

Successfully Weaning and Starting Calves in the Feedlot

Pen conditions, health management, diets, treatment strategies (Martin)

Corn Silage; When is it ready and how should it be chopped?

Harvest timing, processing/ensiling, crop stages, lab analysis (Chapman)

November/December

Dry Matter Intake

Understanding Dry Matter Intake (DMI), calculations, factors, bunk management, performance (Fanning/Martin)

Don’t Leave Out the Extra Nutrients with Feed Additives

Not cutting corners, organic acids (Schneider)

2007

 

 

November/December

Phosphorus Supplementation for Beef Cattle

Importance, requirements and the proper levels, environmental concerns (Martin)

Feeding the Gestating Sow

Increasing productivity, sow replacement, rebreeding (Schneider)

Feeding Crop Residue

Forage requirements, inclusion, cow BCS, bunk management (Fanning)

 

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