• DNA collection using a new tissue sampling unit, Allflex TSU, averages 10 seconds per head. (Photo courtesy of Allflex)

    DNA Collection

    What was once a challenge of collecting blood drops from a reluctant heifer or bull calf chute side can now be done in mere seconds with new tissue sampling tools.

  • Conservation plus cattle help preserve this stopover for migrating waterfowl in South Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Martha Mintz)

    Grazing That's For the Birds

    The same grazing practices that benefitted nesting birds in Chad Weiszhaar's home state of South Dakota actually improved quality and diversity of the native, mixed-grass prairie forages his cattle depended on.

  • Depending on genetics, some calves a polled bull sires may develop horns or scurs. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Victoria G. Myers)

    Ask the Vet

    We bought a polled bull to get out of the dehorning business. Now, some of the calves are developing horns. Why didn't the polled bull get rid of all horns?

  • The only way the beef industry family holds together from cycle to cycle is taking turns picking each other's pockets, an old-timer once told DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington. (Chromolithograph by T. Merry, 1890; courtesy of Wellcome Library, London)

    The Market's Fine Print

    The good news for cattle feeders in 2017 is that, after nearly two years of devastating losses, supply (and demand) realities have finally turned in their favor.

  • Colostrum replacers and electrolytes are the go-to solutions for at-risk calves. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Sam Wirzba)

    Calving Prep

    Studies have shown calves that do not get enough colostrum, or a high enough quality colostrum, by the time they reach the 24-hour mark are 3.2 to 9.5 times more likely to become sick and 5.4 times more likely to die before weaning.

Livestock Perspectives

Cash Market Moves

Harrington's Sort & Cull

Livestock Markets


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