Diversifying the Ranch

Jake Jacobson’s high school FFA project was the developing and marketing of bred heifers. He bought 24 Red Angus yearling heifers from a reputable purebred breeder, leased a bull from his parents, and marketed the cattle locally as bred heifers.

The project’s success drew involvement from family members. Today, the Jacobsons annually develop and market about 100 bred heifers from their ranch near Max, North Dakota. They also custom-develop bred heifers for other producers.


Tweak Weaning Details

Reducing stress on just-weaned calves leads to better long-term health, and we've got eight actions you can take to help keep calves stress-free.


Giving Beginning Cattle Producers a Leg Up

The two-year educational curriculum offered at the NCTA campus in Curtis, Nebraska, is open to anyone. “We hope to develop students into owners of beef cattle who may eventually start their own ranching operations,” says Doug Smith, NCTA program chair.


Control Scours With the Sandhills Calving System

The Sandhills Calving System helps beef producers all across the country eliminate most problems with calf scours. The system mimicks the relatively disease-free conditions existing early on in the calving season.


Vitamin A Helps Cattle Resist Disease

Making sure cattle get plenty of vitamin A in their diet is an important way to ward off disease. “Vitamin A is the micronutrient that is essential to the maintenance of skin and mucous membranes,” says Matt Hersom, University of Florida Extension beef ca


Developing Heifers on Forages

Developing fertile replacement heifers while also lowering input costs is a two-part goal at Dalebanks Angus in Eureka, Kansas. How do they do this? They use low-cost, low-energy heifer-development strategies.