Beef cattle feeding
Best practices for raising cattle
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Event date: Feb. 16, 2021 - Feb. 18, 2021
The conference will begin at 7:00 p. m. on both nights. Meeting will be held online via Zoom. A link for each night of the meeting will be given upon registration. The following topics will be presented over the two night conference by MU Extension ...
News & articles
- Published: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – There are two ways to more hay: Grow more or store it better.Many factors influence how bales make the trip from the field to the cow, says Jim Humphrey, a University of Missouri agronomist and member of the NRCS+MU Grasslands ...
- Published: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – At the right price, wheat middlings are a good source of protein, fiber and phosphorus for livestock, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Kendra Graham.Wheat middlings, or midds, are lightweight feeds used in ...
- Published: Monday, Oct. 26, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mature hay is hay. It may be brome hay, prairie hay or any other type of hay. But in the end, it’s just hay until it’s been tested.Forage tests tell the tale of whether hay is of good quality and nutrient-rich, says University ...
- Published: Friday, Aug. 28, 2020
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. – Weigh, test and sample hay before buying or selling, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole.Beef producers rely on good-quality hay to boost profits. “Unfortunately, our hay production is not ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2020
This budget presents information useful to Missouri beef farmers. The production practices used to develop these cost estimates are common for beef farms in Missouri. Farmers are encouraged to customize this budget to fit their operation. This is ...
Publication date: July 1, 2020
This manual is designed to acquaint readers with the principles on which successful grazing management is based. This manual brings together a group of researchers, educators and producers with broad experience in land management and forage/livestock ...
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2018
Forage and livestock producers in Missouri can buy insurance to mitigate forage production risk. Pasture, rangeland, forage (PRF) insurance was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) and has been available ...
Publication date: Aug. 1, 2018
The extreme drought of 2018 in the Midwest region has forced livestock producers to be concerned with drought effects such as high levels of nitrates in forage and drought-damaged crops for silage and baleage. Many producers are now searching for ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2017
The way cattle are handled shortly before loading, during hauling, and the first two weeks in the feedlot has a great influence on the overall performance of feedlot cattle. There is no one program that will give best results for all feeder cattle, ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2017
Beef cattle require a number of dietary mineral elements for normal bodily maintenance, growth, and reproduction. Minerals that are required in relatively large amounts are called major or macro elements. Those needed in small amounts are classified ...
The Alliance for Grassland Renewal is a university/government/industry partnership that aims to replace toxic tall fescue grass with a tall fescue that hosts a nontoxic endophyte. This goal is pursued through education, seed quality control, ...
Estimate your winter feed costs for beef cows using this planning tool developed by Brent Carpenter and Gene Schmitz with MU Extension.
A resource on byproduct feed pricing and value from the University of Missouri.
Ideas suggested over the years by farmers, feed dealers, researchers, extension staff, etc. as practices they’ve seen or heard about that helped alleviate the severity of fescue toxicosis in beef cattle.
Meet the experts
- Amie Schleicher FIELD SPECIALIST IN LIVESTOCK View Profile
- Andrew McCorkill FIELD SPECIALIST IN LIVESTOCK View Profile
- Anita Ellis FIELD SPECIALIST IN LIVESTOCK View Profile
- Brenda Schreck COUNTY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST IN LIVESTOCK AND 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT View Profile
- Gene Schmitz FIELD SPECIALIST IN LIVESTOCK View Profile
- James Humphrey FIELD SPECIALIST IN LIVESTOCK View Profile
- Jenna Monnig FIELD SPECIALIST IN LIVESTOCK View Profile
- Kendra Graham FIELD SPECIALIST IN LIVESTOCK View Profile
- Patrick Davis FIELD SPECIALIST IN LIVESTOCK View Profile
- Shawn Deering FIELD SPECIALIST IN LIVESTOCK View Profile
- Valerie Tate FIELD SPECIALIST IN AGRONOMY View Profile