Newsletter

May - August (2019)

May – August (2019)   Heat Stress (Ki Fanning and Jana Gramkow) Suggestions for mitigating heat stress during the summer months. Garlic and Insect Control (Luke Tewes) Review of recent research on the effectiveness of garlic at deterring insects.        

February - April (2019)

February – April (2019)   Feedlot Profitability Tips from GPLC Consultants (Jana Gramkow) Suggestions for improving feedlot profitability. Feed Mixing 101 (Jana Gramkow) Considerations when mixing feed to ensure you are delivering a uniform ration.        

December - January (2018)

December – January (2018)   Getting the Most Out of Your Implant (Jana Gramkow) Suggestions for implant use and administration to provide the best return on investment (ROI). Grazing Corn Residue (Jana Gramkow) Considerations when deciding whether or not to graze corn residue. Research comparisons of various grazing systems. Suggestions…

September - November (2018)

September – November (2018)   The Value of Corn Silage (Jana Gramkow/Ki Fanning) Determining the value of corn silage. Review of studies evaluating feeding increasing amounts of corn silage. 2 Implant vs. 1 Implant Protocol (Jana Gramkow) Review of studies comparing implant strategies utilizing 2 implants or 1 implant.  …

May - August (2018)

May – August (2018)   Digital Dermatitis (Jordan Burhoop) Tips for management, prevention, and treatment of digital dermatitis in beef and diary herds. Utilizing Balage (Robert Jones/Luke Miller) Management strategies for harvesting, storage,and utilization of balage.      

February - April (2018)

February – April (2018)   The Hot Topic: Vitamin A (Jordan Burhoop/Karl Harborth) Reason behind recent increase in vitamin prices. Functions of vitamin A throughout the body. Recommended feeding levels during shortage. Sire Selection: Don’t Get Lost in the Numbers (Robert Jones/Chris Muegge) Factors to take into account when considering…

November - January (2017)

November – January (2017)   Hybrid Corn and Cattle Production (Dan Larson) Description of Enogen corn and how it can help improve feed efficiency. Potential incentives to raise or purchase Enogen corn for feeding livestock. The Expensive Decision to Install Slat Mats (Adam Schroeder) Reasons to include slatted floors for…

September - October (2017)

September – October (2017)   Management Considerations for Weaning and Receiving Calves (Jeremy Martin) Preparing to receive calves and management practices once they arrive. Overcoming the misnomer of “reading the bunk”. Feeding stressed calves. Beef “Advocacy”: Is It Enough? (Karl Harborth) What it means to be an advocate. How to…

May - August (2017)

May – August (2017)   Chaparral™: A Management Tool for Fescue Pastures (Luke Miller) Using Chaparral™ to reduce fescue toxicity in grazing cattle. Data from research trials showing impact of pasture treated with Chaparral™ over non-treated pasture. Increasing Grazing Acres Through Forest Management (Luke Miller) Ideas to consider before clearing…

February - April (2017)

February – April (2017)   Controlling Anaplasmosis in a VFD World (Zeb Prawl) Rules for controlling Anaplasmosis under the new VFD regulations. How to feed CTC effectively under new regulations. Post AI Heifer Nutrition (Chris Muegge) Using nutrition to improve conception rates in heifers. Steps to a successful pregnancy.  …

November - January (2016)

November – January (2016)   Getting Better Utilization Out of Your Hay (Luke Miller) Management considerations for maximizing hay usage and cutting cost. Strategies for stretching forage supply during winter. Advocating for Agriculture (Clayton Baughman) Ways to influence how consumers perceive modern agricultural practices. How to spread accurate information, increase…

July-October (2016)

July-October (2016) Earlage for Starting, Growing, and Finishing Cattle (Dan Larson) Value of earlage, the expected yield and the mechanical aspects of harvesting and how to harvest and store a high quality product. Your Most Important Resource (Jeremy Martin) Want good employees? Finding and keeping them requires dedication to becoming…

May - June (2016)

May – June (2016)   Summer Management Considerations for Maximizing Cowherd Performance (Jason Warner) Methods of protecting the cowherd during summer months including foot rot and anaplasmosis prevention as well as fly control. Water: The Forgotten Nutrient (Zeb Prawl) Importance of water in cattle performance. Water quality, quantity, and availability…

March - April (2016)

March – April (2016)   Current Status of Parasite Resistance in US Cattle (Bliss, Moore, & Kvasnicka) Benefits of parasite-free animals. Ways to test for current parasite status in herd. How to treat animals with parasites in order to prevent future parasite resistance. External Parasites Also Need to be Considered…

November - December (2015)

November – December (2015)   Feeding and Managing the Cowherd in Confinement or Semi-Confinement Systems (Jason Warner) Feeding and managing the cowherds in confinement or semi-confinement is becoming increasingly more popular as an alternative production system for operations. Important aspects to consider include nutrition, reproduction, health, general management, and economics.…

September - October (2015)

September – October (2015) Culling Cows that Aren’t Profitable (Zeb Prawl) It is important to sell a cow when she is no longer profitable to the ranch. Recommendations and points to consider such as getting rid of open cows, examining eyes, bad udders, feet and leg soundness, wild cattle, potential…

July - August (2015)

July – August (2015) Creep Feeding – When Does it Pay? (Dan Larson) Research data outlining the benefits and downfalls to feeding calves on a creep feeder. Economics should be the overall factor to use or not use creep feed. It should be used to add pounds to a calf…

May - June (2015)

May – June (2015) Fly Control in Feedlots (Jeremy Martin) Types of flies controlled, effects of flies on feedlot performance, types of strategies to control fly populations, feed additives, and recommendations. Cattle Handling and Injury Prevention (Ki Fanning) Effects of stress on cattle while being handled, strategies and steps to…

March - April (2015)

March – April (2015) Backgrounding Management Effects on Finishing Cattle Performance (Zeb Prawl) Effects of feeding management and implants of backgrounding cattle on feedlot performance and carcass quality. Strategies and research to improve economic return for backgrounding cattle. Choosing, Designing, and Managing Cattle Feeding Barns (Dan Larson) Factors that influence…

January - February (2015)

January – February (2015) What To Do If Your Wet Co-Products Run Out – Plan B (Luke Miller) Strategies to plan for co-product being unavailable due to weather, plant shut-downs, or supply/demand issues. Planning and not delaying changes are crucial to keep your cattle on feed and keeping your operation…

November - December (2014)

November – December (2014) Winter Weather Effects on Nutrient Requirements of Cattle (Jeremy Martin) Temperature, wind, and moisture change lower critical temperature thus effecting energy requirements. Feedlot and grazing cattle strategies to help compensate for the higher energy requirements needed. Genetically Engineered Feeds Shown to be Safe for Consumption, Again…

September - October (2014)

September – October (2014)   Managing Mycotoxins (Luke Miller) Close attention and management is needed when feeding damaged or rejected feeds due to the possibility of mold producing mycotoxins. Types of mycotoxins, their association with different feed ingredients, and the toxin’s symptoms. Heifer Development (Dan Larson) A look at research…

July - August (2014)

July- August (2014)   Storing Round Hay Bales (Jeremy Martin) Types of hay storage and the research and economic impacts of storage decisions and wrapping or not wrapping bales. Corn Silage Value (Ki Fanning) The economic value of adding corn silage to rations as a secured forage source. Comparing diets…

May - June (2014)

May- June (2014)   Parasite Control in Cattle (Dan Larson) The economic advantages to controlling internal and external parasites in feedlot and pasture cattle. Types of dewormers and their delivery methods and timing. Castration Decisions (Zeb Prawl) Analysis of castration timing and the effects on cattle. Differences in castration methods…

March - April (2014)

March – April (2014) Nutrition and Management for the Bred Heifer (Luke Miller) Differences in feeding strategies for developing heifers and effects on reproduction. Energy balance and body condition score (BCS). Why We Stress Feedlot Pen Maintenance (Jeremy Martin) The importance of pen maintenance and the large effect it has…

January - February (2014)

January – February (2014) Meeting Your Cow Condition Target Efficiently, Old Paradigm, New Shift (Dan Larson) Meeting protein and energy needs for your cows with feedstuffs, quality minerals and trace minerals, and maintaining body condition score (BCS) during winter conditions. What Level of By-Products Should Be Fed? (Ki Fanning) Feeding…

November - December (2013)

November – December (2013) Proper Ration Preparation Prevents Poor Performance (Zeb Prawl) Preparing equipment and feed is important for a successful feeding operation. Quality feedstuffs, diet formulation, feeding directions plus others are important to keep your feeding program on track. Annual Forage Crops: How Do They Compare? (Luke Miller) Utilizing…

September - October (2013)

September – October (2013) Grazing Crop Residue (Ki Fanning) Benefits to the feeder/grain farmer by feeding crop residues and the economic impacts. Weaning Receiving Programs (Jeremy Martin) Types of calves being processed, steps to take prior to receiving, types of rations for receiving calves, reading cattle, and getting calves started…

July - August (2013)

July – August (2013) Assessing the Mineral Status of Beef Cattle (Zeb Prawl) Reasons supporting the analysis of minerals on animal performance, individual trace mineral roles in a program, and liver biopsy tests. Polioencephalomalacia (Dan Larson) Effects and Characteristics of this non-infectious disease found in cattle, causes, and preventative measures.…

May - June (2013)

May – June (2013) The Impact of Removing Growth Enhancing Technologies from the U.S. Beef Industry (Luke Miller) 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 impact’s bottom line of implementing them in…