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Updated: October 18, 2021

Water: The Forgotten Nutrient

As summer heats up, water becomes more important for cattle. An animal’s body is comprised of 70% water and adequate water consumption is required to maximize performance. It’s no secret that withholding or restricting water can decrease feed intake and reduce gains. Yet many producers often forget to assess whether or not their animals have optimal access to high quality water. An animal’s water requirement is met through consumption of feed and drinking. Many feeds, such as silage and grasses, contain a large proportions of water that help cattle meet their water requirement. Additional requirements are met through drinking.
Beef Cow drinking water
Updated: October 18, 2021

Beef Cattle Nutrition

Resources on Beef cattle nutrition
Cattle at feeding trough
Updated: October 18, 2021

Estimating Winter Forage Needs of the Cow-Calf Herd

As winter approaches and cool-season grass growth begins to diminish, cattle producers should start thinking, if they haven’t already, about how much forage they will need to maintain their animals through the winter.
Cow standing in a pasture during a snow storm
Updated: October 14, 2021

Maryland Beef Webinar Series

This new webinar series will focus on timely topics related to beef production in our region. Webinars will be held from 7:30-8:30 pm. on the first Thursday of each month.
Cattle with calves
Updated: September 8, 2021

Cattle Tales Livestock Newsletter-August 2021

Cattle Tales Livestock is a quarterly newsletter published by the University of Maryland Extension that focuses on bringing timely, relevant information to Maryland's livestock producers. Topics in this issue (August 2021, Edition 2) are Stockpiling Pasture for Fall and Winter Grazing, Weaning Tips and Vaccination Programs for Beef Calves, Managing Bloat in Pastured Cattle, and Limit Feeding Growing Cattle.
Updated: September 8, 2021

Are Your Cattle Cool? Tips for Managing the Summer Heat

There is no question that heat stress can negatively impact animal performance. Exposure to heat stress reduces daily gains, milk production, and reproductive efficiency, though specific impacts on production varies depending on the magnitude and duration of heat exposure. Prolonged exposure to heat stress is much more detrimental than short-term heat stress and its effects linger long after temperatures drop back below the heat stress threshold.
Dairy heifers grazing triticale
Updated: September 8, 2021

Beef Herd Management

Resources for beef herd management
Updated: September 8, 2021

Tips for Weaning Beef Calves

Weaning is one of the most stressful times in a beef calf's life. Use these 5 tips to help minimize stress and improve calf performance during and after the weaning period.
Angus Beef Cattle and calf
Updated: September 8, 2021

Beef Calf Management

Resources on beef calf management
Cattle with calves
Updated: September 2, 2021

Cattle Tales Livestock Newsletter-May 2021

Cattle Tales Livestock is a quarterly newsletter published by the University of Maryland Extension that focuses on bringing timely, relevant information to Maryland's livestock producers. Topics in this issue (May 2021, Edition 1) are: Body Condition Score is a Critical Management, Tool for Cow-Calf Producers, Determining your Pasture Stocking Rate, Getting your Herd Ready for the Breeding Season, Considerations for Improving Hay Quality, Culling considerations for beef cow-calf herd, Controlling Flies and Ticks in Your Livestock, Implanting Pre-weaned Calves, and When should I deworm my sheep/goats?