Abortions: Diagnostic Dilemmas
Dan Goehl, DVM
As we get nearer to spring calving season, our clinic will begin to get calls of aborted fetuses, near-term stillbirths and lost calves. These cases can be frustrating, as often we will not get a definitive diagnosis of what caused the problem.
Watch Livestock for Hypothermia, Frostbite
North Dakota State University
Prevention is the best way to protect livestock from hypothermia and frostbite.
This winter’s cold, snowy conditions are putting livestock, especially newborns, at risk for hypothermia and frostbite.
Challenge, opportunity in animal health care
Dean Willie Reed, Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.
As the nation focuses on health care, there’s an entire area that most of us haven’t considered: care for our animals. Yet, these animals face a critical challenge: There are not enough health-care providers. There is only one veterinarian in this country for every 10,000 companion and large animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys, dairy cows, beef cattle, swine, sheep and horses.
R-CALF USA Questions CBB and NCBA Agreement
R-CALF USA has sent a formal request to the Departments of Agriculture and Justice requesting that a proposed resolution between the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association be rejected.
Winter care of bulls
In most breeding programs, bulls are not in the pasture with open cows during the coldest months of winter and, in some situations, are largely ignored during this time of year. While it is true that bulls, because they are never pregnant or lactating, have lower nutritional requirements than cows of the same age, it is important that bulls not lose excessive weight during the winter and that they are protected from the negative effects of cold weather.
Strategies Developed for More Efficient Beef Cattle Production
Reducing the amount of feed given to young female cows called heifers can result in more efficient use of nutrients for growth and reproduction, according to studies conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists.
Taiwan defends ban on feed additive
Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Wu-hsiung this week defended the country’s ban on beef from cattle treated with ractopamine (Optaflexx), a feed additive used to promote growth and lean-meat yield in cattle.