Cattle Health: Livestock Drinking Water Quality
Some of Oklahoma received some much needed rain, and summer has arrived. There are still many areas of Oklahoma that did not get enough runoff water to adequately fill the stock ponds. Many producers will be forced to move cattle looking for forage and water. When drought causes a great reduction in surface water available in farm ponds, the issue of quality becomes nearly as important as quantity of water available.
Why Test for Cattle Persistently Infected With Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus
PI and BVDV. By now, most cattle producers have at least heard these “buzz words.” If you’ve picked up just about any trade publication, been to an industry meeting or talked to a Noble Foundation livestock specialist, you’ve probably seen or heard the terms before – persistently infected (PI) bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV). Yet, there are still some who have not received, or don’t fully comprehend, the message.
Anthrax vaccines recommended
Pierre Argus Leader
PIERRE – Reports of cattle dying of anthrax in neighboring states have prompted South Dakota state Veterinarian Sam Holland to recommend that cattle be vaccinated against the disease.
Two cattle have died of anthrax in south-central North Dakota. The herd near Linton now is quarantined.
Holland said with recent cattle losses in North Dakota and Minnesota, South Dakota farmers and ranchers should get their cattle vaccinated soon.
Anthrax shots should be part of an annual vaccination program for cattle, he said.
Drought brings new problems for livestock
By ERIC ZIMMERMAN
Eagle Columnist (TX)
Drought creates many negative aspects for cattle and hay producers. Warm-season annual grasses, such as forage sorghums, sorghum-sudan hybrids (haygrazer types) and various millets can also accumulate nitrates to a toxic level for cattle during periods of dry weather.
Typical nitrate accumulation occurs with excessive N fertilization followed by a period of drought; however, toxic levels of nitrates have been observed in warm-season annual grasses with as little as 50 pounds of N/ac under drought conditions.
Mooooooving to grass-fed
Beef that comes from such animals is thought to have health benefits because the cattle are not fed a diet of grain
By Julie Lynem
San Luis Obispo Tribune
At Fair Oaks Ranch, jet-black cattle roam among tall grasses, grazing the 1,200-acre Paso Robles property. The Angus herd rotates through clean, fresh pastures, feasting on Italian rye, clovers, New Zealand chicory and native grasses such as wild oats and filaree. After 18 months, the animals are taken off the pastures, loaded up and shipped to a U.S. Department of Agriculture facility in Creston for harvest.
U.S. slow to implement cattle-tracking system
BY STEVE STECKLOW THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
When the first U. S. case of mad-cow disease was discovered in December 2003, then-Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman pledged to hasten creation of a national identification system for tracing livestock quickly during a disease outbreak. She said she asked the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s chief information officer “to make it his top priority.”
Today, more than two years later, the U. S. still has no national ID system for most farm animals, including chickens and beef cattle.
Angus Show Means ‘More Than Cattle’
By Tom Mitchell
Daily News Record (VA)
Cole Kaufman sat near his cow’s stall anxiously awaiting the start of Friday’s Showmanship round of the Eastern Regional Junior Angus Show.
In the six months since Cole bought the animal from his father, Jeff, the now 900-pound black-and-white Angus heifer that Cole informally calls ‘Oreo’ has almost tripled in weight.
Cole, 11, hoped that judges at this past weekend’s event at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds also would appreciate Oreo’s filling. After all, Cole had logged enough time with his creature.
“I’ve spent about two hours a day, and more since we got out of school,” said Cole, a rising sixth grader at Staunton’s Beverly Manor Middle School.