2012 Producer Questions Archive

Producer Questions from 2012

Do you have to hang a beef carcass in a cooler before cutting and processing the meat? (February 2012)

I am considering feeding wheat midds to replace some corn in my finishing diet. I also would feed CCDS and/or MWDG along with a grass hay/stalk mix. What will limit my inclusion rate as I try to bring a high level of midds into the ration? (March 13, 2012)

How soon after calving and how much colostrum should a calf get especially after being part of a difficult birth? (April 3, 2012)

When are most of the antibodies in the colostrum absorbed? (April 6, 2012)

What are all the aspects of a breeding soundness evaluation for a bull, when should this be done, and how often? (April 10, 2012)

My cows sometime don't deliver the placenta after calving. They are on pasture and prairie hay year round. Are they needing some mineral that they're not getting from protein tubs? (April 20, 2012)

How long after inseminating a cow can you determine whether she is pregnant? What is the earliest? (April 24, 2012)

We AI our cow herd in late April. What do you think of moving them to pasture immediately after breeding and supplement feeding hay on pasture? We are concerned about changing feed and moving the cows shortly after breeding but are going to run out of hay if we have to feed them until the middle of May. We have pasture with early cool season grasses such as cheat grass and needle and thread that would benefit from early grazing to reduce their competition with the more desirable warm season grasses that will come later. (April 27, 2012)

What does a GnRH injection do for the cow at the time of CIDR insertion? (May 2, 2012)

Plan on using the MGA/prostaglandin synchronization method on my heifers. I am considering using my own bulls and natural service. What would be a good bull to heifer ratio and how much is bull overload possible, or is natural service not even recommended? (May 11, 2012)

I would like to know how I can determine when my heifer is in heat. And, if any symptoms what are they? (May 15, 2012)

Will the heat during the summer affect the breeding on the cow herd? I turn my bulls out in the middle of July for Apr-May calves. (May 18, 2012)

I start my breeding season in 30 days and have just purchased some young bulls. How should I manage the bulls? (May 21, 2012)

I have a pasture that cows seem to get grass tetany when they are grazing it. When and how long before I turn out on this pasture should I start supplementing with mineral? (May 30, 2012)

I need information on frost as related to increased risk of bloat in cattle that graze alfalfa. (June 8, 2012)

What do you recommend for a fly control program for yearlings on pasture this summer? What is your opinion of the IGR mineral or cattle rubs? (June 15, 2012)

What is the earliest I can wean a calf from its mother? (June 26, 2012)

What effect does dry-lotting breeding cows have on conception rates and fertility in general? (June 29, 2012)

What is the best way to feed magnesium oxide? What should you mix it with? (July 3, 2012)

What are the best and most effective ways to control flies on beef cattle? (July 6, 2012)

How much water do cows drink per day? (see July 19, 2016 update)

Pasture pond is covered with algae. Will it be harmful to the cattle if they drink the water? (July 24, 2012)

Could you recommend forage I could use for fall grazing and also harvest a hay crop off? Also could I plant wheat/rye into the forage stubble in November for spring grazing. I really need the extra grazing from September 1 to November 10th and April 20th to June 1st. If I could get away with not dealing with prussic acid poisoning, it would be a plus. (July 27, 2012)

Could my cows eat snow instead of drinking water in the winter? (Aug 1, 2012)

What effect does freezing have on sudex, millet hay, etc. still standing in the field as far as nitrates are concerned? Can I cut it right after freezing or should it stand awhile? (Sept 26, 2012)

Do cows need protein supplement on cornstalks? (Oct 3, 2012)

What is the feed value of cornstalk bales? (Nov 13, 2012)

Can I limit feed dried distillers grains by adding salt and feeding through either a tub or a creep feeder? I want to use the dried distillers as a protein supplement. (Nov 27, 2012)

What are projected cow costs for 2013 in Nebraska? (Dec 4, 2012)