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 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Beef cow type, then and now, Part 2

Welcome to 2024! Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday that I was thinking that graduating from high school in 1977 would be an eternity in the future. Now I appreciate... — Updated 2/22/2024

 
 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Beef Cow Type: Then and Now

This month’s article isn’t so much a Mythbuster, but a retrospective on where we’ve been with cow type and the implications of the changes over time. As I write these lines... — Updated 12/21/2023

 
 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Winterizing the Cow Herd - Part 2

Editor’s Note: See last week’s newspaper for Part 1 of this series. Feed and Water In winterizing the cow herd, calculation of forage needed to make it through the winter is... — Updated 11/16/2023

 
 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Winterizing the Cow Herd - Part 1

What a year it has been, wet, to drought, a veritable bounty of variety. That’s what living in Eastern Washington is all about. Sometimes it lulls us into a false sense of... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Beef Cattle Mythbuster

It’s been a pretty nice season to go to the fairs around the region—in most cases not too hot and not too cool. Always nice to be able to connect with both our adult and youth... — Updated 9/21/2023

 
 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Managing cows in drought conditions

Note: This is Part 2 of a 2-part Beef Cattle Mythbuster series. Now back to the discussion of nutrients. Those of you that have heard me give presentations on forage quality and... — Updated 8/24/2023

 
 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Managing cows in drought conditions

Note: This is Part 1 of 2 in this Beef Cattle Mythbuster series. Check out next week’s paper for Part 2. Hi everyone, I hope your summer is going well. A couple of months ago, we... — Updated 8/16/2023

 
 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Algal Poisoning in Livestock and Pets

The myths surrounding algal poisoning I was thinking that with summer upon us its probably a good time to talk about water quality. Water is the most important nutrient we provide... — Updated 6/29/2023

 
 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Pine needles harmful to cows?

Question: If cows eat pine needles, will it hurt them or cause a problem? In general, yes pine needles can be a problem if cows consume them. Pine needles occur across much of the... — Updated 1/12/2023

 
 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

What is protein degradability?

Question: What is meant by the term protein degradability and what does it mean for beef cows? Protein degradability is a term used in ruminant nutrition and therefore applies only... — Updated 12/15/2022

 

Beef Cattle Mythbuster

Dr. Don Llewellyn Livestock Extension Specialist Director, WSU Lincoln County Extension, Davenport, WA Myth: The mystique of "water belly". Here's one that is especially relevant... — Updated 11/23/2022

 

Beef Cattle Mythbuster

Myth: It makes no difference if one calculates cow feed intake on a dry matter basis or an as-fed basis. Answer: Oh, but it does matter! Okay, here we go! This is one of those... — Updated 9/8/2022

 
 By Don Llewellyn    Opinion

Beef Cattle Mythbuster

When you request forage quality analysis from a laboratory, do all methods of analysis provide the same results? Feed/forage analysis is an important part of developing feeding... — Updated 6/23/2022

 

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