Daily Archives: October 11, 2007

Cattle Diseases: Cancer Eye

Cattle Diseases:  Cancer Eye

Cattle Today

Bovine ocular neoplasia includes a variety of benign and malignant skin tumors of the eyeball and eyelids.  Benign tumors are growths that do not spread to other parts of the body and do not tend to grow into surrounding tissues.  They can cause local problems with eye function, but do not affect the rest of the body.  Malignant tumors are growths of cells that spread to other parts of the body and tend to invade surrounding tissues.  Clearly, it is in the cattlemen’s best interest from an economic, humane, and public perception standpoint to treat or market cattle with cancer eye  as soon as practical.


Baxter Black: Animal Care Givers VS. Animal Activists

Baxter Black:  Animal Care Givers VS. Animal Activists

To: Directors of HSUS, PETA, and the Farm Sanctuary

The first step in engaging an issue is to have the ability to understand your ‘opponents’ point of view. I have watched your criticisms as we in animal agriculture have become more productive.

Your criticisms range from a distaste of raising chickens in cages to promoting a vegan lifestyle and degrees in between. I have visited with each of you on the telephone and I can’t paint you all with the same brush but I can include you in the same picture.


The Cattleman’s Guide to Problem Solving

The Cattleman’s Guide to Problem Solving

by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS

Part 1

There is absolutely no place where Murphy’s Law is more applicable than on the farm or ranch. The old saying of “what can go wrong, will go wrong” comes true on farms and ranches around the world on a daily basis. This is also not a new phenomenon by any stretch and has been true since the domestication of the first cow or the first time a furrow was plowed in the soil. If it can die, get sick, break, fail, collapse, sink, explode, you name it, it has or will happen on the farm.

This is one reason why farmers and ranchers are so resourceful. Or are they resourceful because of these occurrences – it’s really a chicken or the egg type of thing. It really doesn’t matter though since having to persevere in the face of adversity or make things work when everything is going wrong is the state of the producer where he or she are growing plants, animals or both.


Team provides veterinary care in Ecuador

Team provides veterinary care in Ecuador

Morehead State University

Dr. Philip Prater, associate professor of veterinary technology, accompanied by three students, spent 12 days in Ecuador giving hands-on assistance to the farmers in the rain forest and the mountainous regions of the country, and educating them about ways to improve the health and productivity of their herds.

The MSU fourth-year veterinary technology students who participated in the Ecuador program were: Stephanie Phelps, Mason, Ohio, senior; Becky Rector, Burlington senior; and Tim Wells, Portsmouth, Ohio, graduate student.

The trip was funded through grants from the Partners of the Americas (Kentucky-Ecuador Partnership), the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association Foundation and MSU’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.


Managing The Early Weaned Calf

Managing The Early Weaned Calf


The procedures described in this section were developed from three studies conducted at the Range Cow Research Center at Oklahoma State University.  Two studies were conducted with spring-born calves early weaned in April and May while the third study involved fall-born calves early weaned in December.  A total of 64 calves were early weaned in these studies.

The most critical time is the first two weeks after early weaning.  Calves must overcome the stress of weaning and learn to eat feed very quickly.  However, with good management to reduce stress and to provide palatable feed, early weaning is not as risky as might first be feared.

At the time of early weaning, all calves should be vaccinated for blackleg and malignant edema.  Consult your veterinarian for other suggested vaccinations.  If it is possible to administer vaccinations a couple of weeks prior to weaning, Pasteurella vaccine may also be considered.  It is probably a good idea to vaccinate two weeks prior to early weaning anyway because immunity will be established by weaning time and calves will not be subjected to the added stress associated with vaccines, injections and handling at weaning time.  All calves not intended for breeding replacements should be implanted.


Beef Ration Rules of Thumb

Beef Ration Rules of Thumb

Ropin’ the Web

This factsheet can both guide producers through a feed test and help them understand the results.

With a feed test in front of you, look at the following rules and compare them to the feed test. Remember, these are rules of thumb, which means they hold true most of the time, but variations in management and cow type will affect the end result.

These rules of thumb should not be considered a replacement for balancing rations with proven software, but rather an aid to understand the feed and where it fits in the management.


Producers are told to work together

Producers are told to work together

Terry Anderson

Midwest Messenger

Manhattan, Kan. – Just when U.S. beef producers are making some recovery efforts in the world market, the rest of the world is aggressively moving ahead.

When beef consumption around the world is making steady increases, consumption of other meats has kept a more rapid pace.

And when American beef producers should be working together, they aren’t.

That’s what K-State ag economist Ted Schroeder told those attending the Beef Stocker Conference in Manhattan.