Prevent beef calf respiratory disease
Bovine Veterinarian Magazine
After 3 weeks of age, almost one-third of beef calf deaths are from respiratory disease.
W. Mark Hilton, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Beef Cattle, Purdue University, generally sees respiratory issues and summer pneumonia in calves between 2–4 months of age.
Chiropractics and acupuncture holds benefits for cattle industry
The Cattle Business Weekly
Neck injuries on bulls are the most common cattle problem vet Roy Schnell has treated with chiropractics and acupuncture. They can lead to problems in the cervical area of the animal and pinch nerves.
Preserving your Pastures
Think of your fields & pastures like their an extension of your lawn, avoid watering/irrigating them during the hottest parts of the day and irrigate them only when your forages need it.
FDA’s Livestock Antibiotic Proposals Based On Theory
Citing a lack of data to support limiting antibiotic use in livestock, the American Farm Bureau Federation has told the Federal Drug Administration that it is concerned with proposals that would restrict antibiotic use based on unproven theory.
Stretch Pastures in Drought Conditions
Denise Schwab, Sherry Hoyer
Iowa State University
As the drought continues, cattle producers are asking how to stretch their pastures. Two major techniques may be pursued, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Denise Schwab. One is to reduce the grazing pressure from the animal side, and the other is to supplement the amount of feed available.
Farm Bill Amendment Would Gut GIPSA Rule
The compromise GIPSA rule, finalized last year, addressed many of the unfair practices that growers say were common in the industry. The finalized rule represented a compromise between the industry and farmer organizations.
Wisconsin farmers weigh trucking cattle to greener pastures due to drought
Dick Cates produces range-fed Angus and Jersey beef near Spring Green. Cates says difficult times demand creative solutions. He says it’s not unheard of to move cattle around, but the Wisconsin farmer doesn’t necessarily think in those terms.
Opening of South Dakota beef processing plant put on hold
Northern Beef Packers officials had hoped to open the Aberdeen plant on Saturday. Laure Swanson, a spokeswoman for the company, tells the American News that a new opening date has not been set.
Heat Leaves Ranchers a Stark Option: Sell
New York Times
As a relentless drought bakes prairie soil to dust and dries up streams across the country, ranchers struggling to feed their cattle are unloading them by the thousands, a wrenching decision likely to ripple from the Plains to supermarket shelves over the next year.
Don’t Chop Droughty Corn Too Soon
Hay & Forage Grower
Drought-damaged corn can make good feed when chopped for silage, but growers tend to harvest it when it’s too wet, resulting in poor fermentation, warns Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist.