Daily Archives: March 16, 2006

Dog packs pose threat to livestock operators

Dog packs pose threat to livestock operators

Special to The Monett Times

Published March 15, 2006 4:00 PM CST

Extension Service says action against wild dogs may be necessary by ranchers

By MELONIE ROBERTS

Ronnie Schad, Purdy, takes a few moments to check on a calf, injured Sunday, March 5, by dogs, in the days following the attack. Four of his dairy calves were killed in the early morning attack and two others were badly injured. While Schad administers antibiotics to the injured animals, he is as yet unsure whether the calf will recover. Inset: This calf’s injured leg is swollen to four times its normal size, causing the animal to hobble gingerly around its pen. The animals are part of the heifer replacement program Schad and his son maintain in their dairy operation. The loss of four calves earlier this month will continue to have financial repercussions far into the future.
[Times Photos by Melonie Roberts]

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rought, flooding, herd illnesses, feed prices and market prices are all concerns that must be considered when undertaking the responsibilities that come with raising livestock, but for some producers in southwest Missouri, there is an added threat to their livelihoods: dog packs mauling or killing their cattle.

Purdy livestock producer and dairy farmer Ronnie Schad knows the consequences first-hand, having lost six calves in less than 18 months to dogs that have mauled and killed the young, penned bucket-fed animals on his farm.

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With lush spring grass comes the potential for grass tetany

With lush spring grass comes the potential for grass tetany

By Donna Farris, Special Sections Editor,
Tri-State Neighbor
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 1:23 PM CST

Nothing could be more attractive to cattle than the lush, green grass of early spring. But that diet can also be threatening or even deadly because of the magnesium deficiency it can cause.

Grass tetany is the name given to the condition caused by the deficiency, also known as grass staggers. In Southern areas, it might be known as wheat pasture poisoning, said Cody Wright, South Dakota State University Extension beef specialist.

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Investigators Will Dig Up Infected Cow

Investigators Will Dig Up Infected Cow

By LIBBY QUAID, The Associated Press
Mar 15, 2006 5:50 PM (3 hrs ago)
Examiner.com

WASHINGTON – The Alabama cow infected with mad cow disease will be exhumed so investigators can get a better idea of its age, the government said Wednesday.

Investigators are also trying to determine where the cow came from. The infected animal had spent less than a year on the Alabama farm, which has not been identified.

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