Category: Beef School

Beef School, Ep 9: A flexible approach to year-round grazing

Year-round grazing may mean different things to different people, but to Doug Wray, it essentially means providing ‘locally grown’ sustenance to his herd — that is, feeding where the forage was grown. Wray implements strategies like swath grazing and bale grazing to achieve his goals, driving the cost of winter feeding down to about $0.80/head/day… Read more »

Beef School, Ep. 8: Improving on-ranch vaccination implementation

From storage requirements to difficult-to-spell words like ‘Mannheimia haemolytica’ and ‘rhinotracheitis,’ there’s a lot to consider when it comes to vaccinating cattle. And that complexity is one of the reasons Cody Creelman, veterinarian and managing partner of Veterinary Agri-Health Services, suggests producers develop a customized, written vaccination protocol, with annual reviews. “It’s important to [re-assess it] every… Read more »

Beef School, Ep. 7: Tips for high quality silage, straight from the farmer’s mouth

From planting to feeding, there is a lot to consider when it comes to growing, and keeping a high quality silage. “I think over the years we’ve learned that we have to be patient when we’re harvesting to get the silage off at the right time,” says Ryan Kasko of Kasko Cattle Co. “Especially corn… Read more »

Beef School, Ep 6: The Impact of Nutrition on Performance & Carcass Quality

Quality in…Quality out What you feed an animal it is important to achieve the maximum performance of that animal in the feedyard. everyone chases performance. There are many feed input options from oats to triticale to rye to DDG’s to corn. According to Dr. Darryl Gibb of Gowans Feed Consulting “You push for performance and… Read more »

Beef School, Ep 5: Getting High Moisture Corn Right

High moisture corn delivers the energy benefits of straight grain corn, with the added bonuses of not having to dry or flake it, potentially higher yields and higher available energy, and, frankly, lower risk of crop and harvest losses due to the shorter Western Canada growing season. “If you can put up quality silage, you… Read more »

Beef School, Ep 4: Key Factors to Heifer Selection

Heifers are the keystone to improving your herd in the long-term. Carefully selected heifers result in a more productive cow herd, but you’ve got to have clearly defined goals and selection criteria to get there. In this Beef School episode, Dr. John McKinnon, professor with the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Beef Industry Chair, outlines… Read more »

Beef School, Ep 3: Setting up for Corn Grazing Success

Corn is an attractive crop for cattle producers — as silage and as an extended or winter grazing option. But corn is also mighty pricey to grow, and can require new equipment to get it in the ground. Does grazing corn really pay? To find out, Shaun Haney met with Dr. Bart Lardner, with the… Read more »

Beef School — Ep. 2: Corn Vs. Barley Silage

Corn may be king in the grain world, but does it reign supreme in the silage world, too? The short answer: yes. When it comes to both silage yield and quality, plus digestibility, palatability, and energy density, corn comes out on top vs. barley, says Nicole Rasmussen, with DuPont Pioneer, in this Beef School episode…. Read more »

Beef School: Ep.1 — Supercharge Forage With Silage Inoculants

Do you inoculate your silage? If not, you could be losing out on added digestibility or leaving the bunk or silo open to added spoilage. In this very first episode of the Beef School, we meet with Dr. Tim McAllister, principal research scientist, ruminant nutrition & microbiology, with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, to learn more… Read more »