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  • The sun rises over a West Texas landscape. On the right a title card says "Hi-Pro Feeds Presents A Quick Guide to: Body Condition Scoring with Range Nutritionist Kent Mills"

    Body Condition Scoring is important for livestock operators because it gives them an opportunity to observe and determine whether their animals are gaining or losing weight. Body condition scoring is a measurement, or estimation, of the relative …

  • Brown and black cattle graze on a grassy pasture before large hills.

    September 19, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    With cattle prices declining, one big question cattle producers are asking themselves is this: When and where is the bottom?

    In tackling this question, one useful …

  • A black cow with a green ear tag looks toward camera.

    September 6, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    It’s no secret that Mother Nature has a major influence over North American cattle numbers.

    As all producers know, the multi-year southern Plains drought was one of the …

  • Sabrina Ketcham turns a barrel in competition

    August 24, 2017

    “Now’s a great time to talk, we have our truck and trailer stuck in the mud!” Sabrina Ketcham, Professional Barrel Racer, says with a chuckle while taking a phone call from the road. A seasoned pro, Sabrina easily rolls with the …

  • Cover photo of the Backyard Poultry Guide with two white chickens and a rooster

    August 24, 2017

    Hi-Pro Feeds is pleased to provide a comprehensive guide to assist backyard poultry raisers. Click here to download the Hi-Pro Feeds Backyard Poultry Guide. For more information on the Hi-Pro Poultry Feeding Programs, and our …

  • A black cow stands on the Texas prairie and looks toward camera.

    August 22, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    It seems the BSE crisis is just something Canadian cattle producers are having a tough time getting over. And now there may be even more reasons to hold back on expansion. …

  • A herd of cattle walk over green grass toward a group of trees.

    August 7, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing, Ltd

    The general approach of these twice-monthly posts is to take a step back and review the big picture cattle price trends.

    Today let’s take a quick look at what we’re watching …

  • A red and white calf lies on the ground.

    July 26, 2017

    By Ranulf Glanville & John DePutter, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    If you’ve been keeping up with these blog posts you know that we believe that the main trend for cash cattle prices is down from the high made in the spring. We’ve also …

  • A red cow with a purple ear tag looks toward the camera.

    July 12, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing, Ltd

    Huge bear, big bounce, now retreating again

    Last fall we discussed the possible lows and potential profit to be made by putting cattle on feed during the crux of the deep break …

  • A cowboy loops his lasso while a herd of cattle look on.

    July 27, 2017

    By Matt McMillan, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    On a weight basis, the horse’s body consists of approximately 60 to 65% water, 30 to 35% of protein, fat, and stored energy sources, and 4% in minerals.  While minerals only …

  • A graphic shows the pathway to profit in range management including Grazing Behavior, Plant ID and Nutrition

    In this three-part video series, Hi-Pro Feeds Range Nutritionist Kent Mills outlines the three essential pillars for managing your cattle operation. Knowledge of grazing behavior, plant identification, and the nutritional requirements of your cattle …

  • A black cow grazes.

    In this three-part video series, Hi-Pro Feeds Range Nutritionist Kent Mills outlines the three essential pillars for managing your cattle operation. In this video, he discusses grazing behaviors of beef cattle, and how, by observing how and where …

  • Tall West Texas grasses.

    In this three-part video series, Hi-Pro Feeds Range Nutritionist Kent Mills outlines the three essential pillars for managing your cattle operation. In this video, he discusses the importance of being able to identify the plants your cattle most …

  • A cowboy silhouette at dawn with a crescent moon overhead.

    Hi-Pro Feeds Range Nutritionist Kent Mills outlines the three essential pillars for managing your cattle operation. In this video, he describes the nutritional requirements of cattle throughout the year, and techniques for monitoring how well those …

  • Dr. Matt McMillan judges a horse and rider as they go through a reigning pattern

    July 6, 2017

    Successful 4-H horse shows require parents, children, and professional volunteers to come together and create an experience for the kids who participate. But there is usually only one entering the arena wearing a jacket and tie, the …

  • Black cows and calves on green grass walk toward camera.

    June 27, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    As regular readers will know, we grew increasingly concerned about the rising cattle market in mid-April through early May.

    Of course, price gains are always a good thing for …

  • A blonde woman feeds a brown and black horse from a bucket.

    June 22, 2017

    By Matt McMillan, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    Molds are single-celled fungi that are found everywhere in nature.  They grow on plants among other substrates in nature and play a role in the natural process of plant decay. …

  • A herd of cows gathers around a tank full of water.

    June 15, 2017

    The summer months in the southern US can present challenges for cattle producers. High heat, dry weather, and declining forage quality can put added stress on your cattle and limit your productivity. Kent Mills, range nutritionist at …

  • A brown and white calf looks toward camera with the herd in the background.

    June 13, 2017

    By John DePutter & Dave Milne, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

    If you go to grocery stores in Canada and the US, you’ll find lots of beef cuts are roughly twice the price of comparable pork cuts.

    For example, at one store we visited, the …

  • The Harvey's store and outbuildings with a sunset in the background.

    May 25, 2017

    Although relatively small, Ruidoso, New Mexico is a vibrant, eclectic community. Home to two ski resorts, a hotel and casino, and the famous All American Futurity Quarter Horse Race, it also lies near the Rio Hondo Land and Cattle …