10 Successful Farming listens for cattle farmers and ranchers

Here are some of 2020’s most popular radio segments for cattle farmers and ranchers. Catch up on what you missed!

1. Rain damage on cut hay

As the saying goes, make hay while the sun shines. But what happens if cut hay gets rained on? University of Nebraska forage specialist Bruce Anderson shares his expertise.

2. Tire water tanks

Use your old machinery tires as livestock waterers in the pasture. Ice and even mean bulls can’t destroy them. Will Mahoney of Best Livestock Equipment explains this recycling method.

3. Cut hay in a.m. or p.m.?

Deciding on the best time of day to cut hay depends on weather, the climate where you live. Extension forage specialist Dennis Hancock offers his recommendations.

4. Poisonous weeds in hay

By late June, most hay fields are ready to cut. Toxic weeds can easily sneak in so know exactly what you’re baling to avoid poisoning your livestock. Learn more from Krishona Martinson, an equine specialist with the University of Minnesota.

5. Getting a cow to accept her calf

Some calves are orphaned simply because their mother won’t accept them. Having a few tricks up your sleeve may help the mother and baby bond. University of Kentucky ruminant Extension veterinarian Michelle Arnold shares her tips.

6. McDonald's and beef sustainability

McDonald’s buys a lot of beef. The restaurant chain is helping to lead the beef industry toward more sustainable production practices. McDonald’s director of sustainability Townsend Bailey explains.

7. Feeding pumpkins to cattle

When the pumpkin patch has worn out its welcome, let the cattle clean it up. Pumpkin is a good source of energy and protein for beef cattle. University of Nebraska cow/calf specialist Karla Jenkins shares more.

8. Foot abscesses in cattle

Lameness is a disease challenge in feedlot cattle. One cause of lameness that often goes under-diagnosed is toe abscesses. Veterinarian AJ Tarpoff of Kansas State University explains how to spot and treat this disease.

9. How many cattle equal profit

Thinking about expanding your midsize cattle operation? At some point, you will have to ask yourself when enough cows are enough cows. Former Extension livestock specialist Kris Ringwall offers a few points to consider before expanding.

10. Twin cattle births

It’s rare for a beef cow to give birth to twins, but it does happen. Closely monitor mother and babies during and after the birth. Beef Extension veterinarian Grant Dewell of Iowa State Univeristy explains the risks of twins, and tips for keeping them alive.

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