Minimize disease by spreading cattle out
The more dense the animal population, the more likely disease will be present, say veterinarians Mike Apley and Mark Hilton. Simple phrases like “exposure equals disease” or “the solution to pollution is dilution” are accurate, they say.
Process Newborn Calves to Assure Healthy Start in Life
by: Darrell Rankins
Ph.D, Alabama Cooperative Extension Animal Scientist
First and foremost, it is important to have cows on a good plane of nutrition at calving time. Cows should calve with a body condition score of 5. When this takes place calf health and survival is at its best. Good cow nutrition equates to good recovery by the cow and adequate colostrum and a healthy start for the baby calf. Ideally, a calving season should be in place so that adequate attention can be given to the cow herd during this time. If calving is spread out over the entire year then many problems can occur and go unnoticed until it is too late. In addition, a set calving season also allows for the timely processing of baby calves. Assuming that the cows are being checked daily, it becomes a rather routine procedure to handle the baby calf. The following can be accomplished with a day old calf in a matter of minutes.
Some facts, advice on E. coli infections
By LINDA A. JOHNSON
The Associated Press / C-N.com
New Jersey authorities are investigating an outbreak of the E. coli bacterial infection. Here are some questions and answers about E. coli bacteria:
Question: What is E. coli?
Answer: E. coli, short for Escherichia coli, is a type of bacteria commonly found in the intestines of humans, livestock and other animals that is excreted in feces. The strain called O157:H7, a top cause of foodborne illness, is particularly dangerous. It causes diarrhea, often bloody and usually with abdominal cramps, and can cause fever as well.
Shift to voluntary animal ID program doesn’t appease critics
By Lisa Rathke
The Associated Press / Burlington Free Press
ENOSBURG — Sharon Zecchinelli raises a couple of pigs, lambs, turkeys and two dozen chickens in her back yard.
The 50-year-old chef-turned-farmer says she knows more about her animals’ health than she knows about her children’s.
To her, a federal government plan to require farmers and ranchers to register their animals in a national database goes too far. She remains skeptical about it, despite a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that participation in the National Animal Identification System, or NAIS, will be voluntary, not mandatory as originally contemplated.
4-H Kiwanis Calf Chain marks 60 years
ASHEVILLE – The Kiwanis Club of Asheville’s most enduring and continuous project serving youth is the 4-H-Kiwanis Calf Chain.
The project began in 1946 and is a joint effort with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in Buncombe County. The program was started to provide 4-H members with a calf to care for and show in one of the district cattle shows. Over the past 60 years, the Calf Chain has provided more than 175 Buncombe County youths with calves.
Animal byproducts found in feed eaten by livestock
Risk of human exposure to mad cow negligible
About 10,000 area cattle ate the feed.
Dave Rogers, The Ottawa Citizen
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said yesterday that 10,000 cattle in Eastern Ontario and West Quebec have consumed feed containing traces of animal byproducts, but the risk of exposing humans to mad cow disease is negligible.
Annual 4-State Beef Conference Slated Jan. 10-11 in Four Locations
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The 23rd annual 4-State Beef Conference will be in four locations over a two-day period on Jan. 10-11, 2007.
The conference series is designed to give beef cattle producers in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska an annual update on current cow- calf and stocker topics. It provides a forum of Extension specialists from four of the leading beef cattle programs in the nation´s land-grant university system, said Joel DeRouchey, livestock specialist with Kansas State University Research and Extension.