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What does weaning success or failure mean to you? This is a tough question to answer because different people will have different answers to this. They can be as varied as the operations that raise cattle. Though there may be different ideas on how to wean the goal is all the same. That is to […]

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Distaff thistle as well as  the other species of thistle are considered the most serious threat to range and pasture. Thick stands can completely crowd out other vegetation reducing grazing. The sharp spines can prevent access to both livestock and people. It is not able to be grazed due to the fact that it is […]

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Feed costs remain the single largest expense for any cow producer. Generally this expense can equal up to half of the total yearly cost of raising cattle. And that is on a good year. If you are in a drought condition this total can go up to as high as 70%. With this in mind […]

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Hay season is upon us! As you have probably been aware now is the time of year when everyone is cutting and baling hay. Though many are only focused on just bailing not many are thinking about how to store the hay. Along with making sure that the forages that you are cutting is of […]

The post 5 rules for proper hay storage appeared first on West Texas Livestock Growers.

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Producers tend to have a love/hate relationship when it comes to supplements. On the one hand they love how it improves the performance of their cattle but on the other they hate that it adds to their expenses. It is for this reason that producers tend to not feed supplements unless they absolutely have to. […]

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Prickly pear as well as with other species of cactus are a common problem in pastures. They can interfere with the movement of livestock and cause serious health problems.  Along with this they can overtake a pasture very quickly and strangle out more desirable forages. Because of this they pose a very serious problem for […]

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It is never good whenever your cattle are suffering from a disease. It can rob you of performance while increasing your expenses. Many health problems that occur can be handled if they are detected early. If detected in time they can be prevented or even minimize losses. You can then take steps to keep it […]

The post 4 common summertime cattle disease appeared first on West Texas Livestock Growers.

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Well it’s getting to be that time of year again. The days are getting longer and the temperatures are getting warmer…. yep, summer is on it’s way. Now is a good idea to have a summer pasture management plan in place. Pastures during this time can provide essential nutrients to the cattle herd. As the […]

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Though just one part, minerals are important to your cattle. The proper balance of protein, energy, and minerals is needed for your livestock to perform at their best. Putting out a lot of mineral will not do you any good if the other areas are lacking. Selecting the right mineral program is essential for the […]

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The mesquite tree is one of the toughest and most invasive species of brush there is. It has come to populate several million acres in Texas alone. As any rancher will tell you, if left unchecked it will quickly take over a pasture. Though it is a bit of a nuisance, it does have some […]

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