"I've had some of the largest stocker operations in the area tell me if they had the guts they'd get rid of every lease they have and go strictly to program feeding because they can put 300-400 lbs. on the calves at a similar cost to grazing, but...
"Every summer seems hotter than the last, but few cattle producers can remember a year when so many areas were suffering from all-time record heat and drought conditions at the same time," say Ag Marketing Service analysts.
for those cattle producers who may be in the position to decide if shade is or isn't provided to cattle, the possible advantages and disadvantages of shade must be considered, along with other methods that cattle might have to cope with heat stress
Infertility needs to be steered out of beef-cattle management systems, says Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University Extension beef specialist. During a drought is a good time to make those hard decisions.
How do you get very young, early-weaned calves to eat when it's brutally hot outside? K.C. Olson, Kansas State University associate professor of cow-calf nutrition and management, offers some thoughts from his experience with calf-nutrition programs.