Is communication the weakest link on your calf operation?

Before assessing whether communication is the root of calf-management challenges on your operation, here are a few questions you may want to consider. FULL STORY »

Be mindful of ventilation in group calf housing

Here is some advice to consider before making the switch from individual to group calf housing. FULL STORY »

Take steps to help prevent livestock theft

High cattle prices have made cattle rustling more common to start 2013, especially in southwest Missouri where nearly 40 cows have been stolen in the past three weeks. FULL STORY »

Pay now, or pay with interest

When it comes to interpersonal relations, there are no shortcuts. You can either pay now or pay later. Learn the importance of taking time to communicate effectively the first time around. FULL STORY »

New or expanding livestock operations need to assess water needs

Producers who plan to start or expand a livestock operation need to think about water before moving forward. FULL STORY »

Online tool provides an interactive farm budgeting resource Play video

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri has developed an online tool to help farmers build projected budgets for their operations. FULL STORY »

Best dressed winter calves

Newborn calves at some of the farms of veterinarian Simon Timmermans, DVM, MS, Sibley, Iowa, are fashionably warm in the winter by wearing thrift store clothing. FULL STORY »

Is your cattle feeding operation a bird feeder?

Feedlots and dairies have been associated with large populations of starlings during winter months. A starling weighing 85 grams can consume over 2 pounds of feed in a 30-day period. FULL STORY »

Livestock producers get income tax relief after drought

Some Midwestern livestock producers might find themselves facing higher income tax bills if the drought forced them to cull and sell more animals than normal in 2012 - but help is available, two Purdue Extension agricultural economists say. FULL STORY »

Steer clear of 'Employee of the Month' programs

Instead, design an incentive where every employee who surpasses a certain performance level may earn the award—even if this means smaller awards. FULL STORY »

Don't lose money with too many replacements

Is your heifer-raising operation a profitable one? How many heifers do you need to support your dairy herd’s turnover rate? Should you consider culling some of your youngstock? FULL STORY »

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