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- Reeves, Justin L., et al. Show all 8 Authors
- Rangelands 2015 v.37 no.3 pp. 119-124
- air temperature; autumn; beef cattle; climate; cow-calf operations; data collection; decision making; forage; forage production; grazing; growing season; models; rain; ranchers; rangelands; seasonal variation; snow; spring; stocking rate; summer; winter; yearlings; Great Plains region; Montana; North Dakota; Wyoming
- ... Ranching is a challenging and sometimes risky business, with cattle production (and associated enterprise income) largely being dependent on seasonal weather patterns and corresponding forage production. To help reduce this risk, the USDA–Agricultural Research Service performed a multistate study of seasonal weather effects on cattle production across the Northern Great Plains (Wyoming, North Dako ...
- Reeves, Justin L., et al. Show all 2 Author
- Rangelands 2015 v.37 no.5 pp. 186-190
- Agricultural Research Service; animal handling; animal stress; arid lands; extensive farming; feedlots; flight; grazing; mixed breeds; rangelands; steers; stocking rate; stress response; temperament; weight gain; yearlings; Colorado
- ... Cattle with poor temperaments gain less weight in feedlots. However, how yearling steer temperament affects weight gain on rangelands is a knowledge gap for ranchers. Flight speed, the speed at which cattle exit a chute after weighing, has been used to measure temperament in past feedlot studies (faster speed = poor temperament). We used flight speed scores in this study to measure yearling steer ...