Daily Archives: February 6, 2008

Correct Colostrum Handling, Storage Critical

Correct Colostrum Handling, Storage Critical

Greg Lardy

Some cows don’t produce an adequate amount of colostrum for their newborn calves.That means producers will need to provide those calves with stored colostrum or fresh colostrum from other cows, according to Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist.Ensuring that newborn calves get enough colostrum is important because it contains antibodies and immunoglobulins necessary to protect calves from disease until their own immune system is totally functional.


Limiting Nighttime Calving – Frequently Asked Questions

Limiting Nighttime Calving – Frequently Asked Questions  

Ropin’ the Web 

Calf mortality at calving time is reduced significantly with frequent checking of the herd. This supervision is becoming more important with the increasing number of calves with larger birth weights. Therefore it is important to try to calve during the daytime hours when supervision and assistance is most effective. Can you change the time of day that cattle calve?Merely changing the feeding time can change the time of calving. Feeding cows at night is the easiest and most practical method of reducing the number of night calvings.


Control Parasites This Spring, Reap Rewards Come Fall

Control Parasites This Spring, Reap Rewards Come Fall


Deworming cows and calves in the spring is a smart business move for producers looking to earn more profits. A representative study documented an advantage of at least 20 pounds in weaning weight of calves from cows treated for parasites over controls.1 “Spring treatment tops my list for smart parasite control strategies,” says Dr. Bert Stromberg, parasitologist and professor, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.  “Producers get more production advantages by controlling parasites in the spring than only at weaning. With spring treatment, cattle can grow without a parasite load holding them back.”


Nutrition has Huge Effect on Cattle’s Reproduction

Nutrition has Huge Effect on Cattle’s Reproduction

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS

Cattle Today

In working with various cattle producing clients the one fact that I work hardest to impress upon the owner or operator is that there is no replacement for good genetics, sound management and proper nutrition. With calving season well into swing, producers should be focusing on what it will take to get these females rebred after the calf is on the ground. Our focus today is once again the nutritional part of this equation and more specifically on concepts that are emerging from years of research. Specifically we are going to take a look at some nutritional effects on reproduction and factors which may come into play when a producer is attempting to get these cows bred. Research and practice has shown us that there are a number of nutritional components that have positive and negative effects on reproduction. We are going to examine some of these concepts and discuss issues concerning the relationships between nutrition and reproduction.


AgInfoLink To Maintain Supply Chain Management System For Cloned Livestock

AgInfoLink To Maintain Supply Chain Management System For Cloned Livestock


Longmont, CO, February 5, 2008 – AgInfoLink USA, a privately held food information solutions provider, announced today its selection as the information solutions provider to develop and maintain a registry of cloned animals and operate the supply chain management system.  Life sciences companies ViaGen Inc. and Trans Ova Genetics will be the first companies to utilize the registry.


E. coli lawyer changing the food industry

E. coli lawyer changing the food industry

He took 1993 Jack in the Box case and hasn’t stopped since


Seattle Post Intelligencer

SAN FRANCISCO — A girl fell into a 40-day coma after eating a bad Jack in the Box hamburger. Fifteen years later, she is still suffering ill effects. That doesn’t bode well for a toddler who spent six weeks in the hospital in 2006 after eating E. coli-tainted spinach from California.But both have lawyer William Marler in their corner — and that’s no small consolation.The Seattle-based Marler is the undisputed king of food-poisoning litigation. He has made good money from bad food, ringing up more than $300 million in settlements for his clients in the rapidly growing legal field of food safety.


Distillers grain link to E coli disputed

Distillers grain link to E coli disputed


The ethanol industry took another hit to its reputation, this time dealing with distillers grain. Two universities, Kansas State and the University of Nebraska, concluded cattle that were fed distillers grain, an ethanol byproduct, had increased levels of E coli 0157H7 bacteria in their hindgut over cattle fed regular corn.Green Plains Renewable Energy General Manager Doug Archer said he has yet to receive any information regarding the findings of the studies.