CONCEPTIONS Beef Cow-calf newsletter March April 2021
Clay Howe route sales and services/ agronomy specialist ph (519) 933- 8431
Sue Palen store product manager and order desk ph (989) 277- 0480
Greg Palen refresher AI training/ certified seed specialist ph (989) 277- 6031
Livestock Service, Inc “For the
Best in Bulls” “For the Best Forage
110 N Main St (PO Box 661) Ovid, MI 48866 www.michiganlivestock.com
ph (989) 834- 2661 fax (989) 834- 2914 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With cattle to feed, the options of what to plant and when expand our grain marketing greatly. For example, you might plant oats and peas as early as you can get on the stubble this spring – harvest in boot stage by mid May – disk in a short-season corn crop (82 to 95 day) to capture the warming soil and sunlight, then prepare to pick corn late September—or make silage late August! Either of these allow you to plant a fall cover crop that can grow through the winter, awaiting you in the spring with a full harvest of Triticale, either as baleage or feed grain. Your soil organic matter content will increase, you will feed the soil biology that transports nutrients in the root zone, and you will capture most of the rain that falls into that same root zone.
The annual yield of digestible dry matter will be greater than what you harvest from that single long-day crop that also leaves your soil bare to the elements 200 days each year.
shows this spring? We can gather up
your semen orders for you
Without a physical show, many of the breeders from whom you buy semen will not travel into Michigan to meet you. However, they make their sires available at Cattle Visions and we are shipping back and forth between here and Clark MO every two weeks. Pooling your orders in full shippers means we can cover the shipping charges. This might save you $100 or more.
simple steps that improve conception rates by 10% or more
Have trouble entering some cows cleanly with the AI gun? Consider sheath protectors (or the IMV flimsies coveralls) to protect from carrying manure particles into the cervix or uterus. We stock both, and they are simple to use. Or consider Heifer Plus or Bull Plus (ask for info).