As we conclude one year and turn to the next, it's always fun to look back and see what everyone was reading at BEEF. I've been creating this list for five years and year after year, you turn to beefmagazine.com to find practical information on cattle health and ranching basics. It's why our article that explores seven common fencing mistakes (and how to fix them!) is always at the top of the list. And why people keep coming back to learn about coccidiosis and prolapses. These stories offer real-world advice you can use and that's something we're always working towards at BEEF.
Just for fun, here are a few facts from the digital world of BEEF. In 2016, over 2.3 million unique visitors stopped at our site and viewed over 8 million pages of content. We saw our most monthly traffic last January, readers were the most interested in information on pasture-range and nearly 50% of our traffic came from mobile sites. When I started my job at BEEF in 2011, we celebrated when we hit 2 million page views. My, how the digital world has grown.
Here are the Top 10 articles viewed in 2016:
Whether you’re an experienced hand or just learning the basics of wood, wire and tape, there's always something more to learn when it comes to livestock fencing. And readers keep proving that's true. For the third year in a row, Jim Gerrish and Kevin Derynck's tips on livestock fencing tops our Top 10 list.
This one should come as no surprise. The fear of the unknown drives everyone to look for answers in the market. Was Jim Robb with the Livestock Marketing Information Center right? Yes and no.
Is ground beef from grass-fed cattle healthier than that from conventionally-raised ground beef? It seems like everyone wanted to know the answer.
Calving is a stressful time for ranching operations, and it gets even worse when a calf gets sick. Coccidiosis is a costly disease and this detailed look at what causes it and how to treat it is one to bookmark.
Here's a good one that deserved to make the list. Ninety-one-year-old Nelo Mori offers his real-world, no-holding back advice to young ranchers. If you're just getting started in the business, this is a must-read.
Cow prolapses happen and ranchers turned to this practical piece by rancher Heather Smith Thomas to figure out how to treat it. (We recently posted a new article on prolapse you might also like to read here.)
This is what we call evergreen content in the magazine world, because no matter how old it is, the content is still useful. Genetics and technology change annually, but lump jaw keeps happening. Here's the basics on what causes it and how to treat it.
Winter's here, bring on the lice! Those itty, bitty creatures are costly when it comes to your cowherd. Here's how to control them.
Ever heard of the clean cow-clean pasture concept? It's one you'll want to be familiar with as you look to deworming this spring.
Rounding out the list is one of our favorites. When do you wean? You might benefit from doing it 30-60 days earlier this year.
What's your favorite article at BEEF? Did it make the top 10 list?