Vets Weigh In On Calf Health
Veterinarian John Peirce created a stir among cow-calf readers of BEEF magazine last fall when he chastised the job cowmen were doing in the health preparation of the calves he was seeing at AzTx Cattle Co. feedyard in Garden City, KS.
“Every pen of calves gives you a report card on its health-management background, and the grade is given in dollars and cents,” he told BEEF Senior Editor Burt Rutherford (“Are You Vaccinating Calves… Or Shooting Blanks?,” page 30, September 2007, BEEF). The grade Peirce was handing out that day was an “F,” saying that 80% of cow-calf producers — because of how they handle (or mishandle) modified-live viral vaccines — do a poor job of preparing their calf crops for the challenges that lie in their future.
Calving in the Cold
When frigid temperatures hit during calving season, it can be a life-threatening situation for newborn calves. Beef producers know the best bet is to get calves out of the cold, but oftentimes there just isn’t enough barn space. Here are some makeshift ideas to get through those cold spells.
North Dakota State University Extension Beef Specialist Greg Lardy says protection from the wind and providing a dry environment are the two most important things producers can do to help newborn calves survive.
“Wet and cold are a deadly combination,” he says.
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As a youth showing livestock at the 4-H and FFA fairs, I always remember the necessity of having the necessary veterinary health papers in order to show my animals. Hogs needed to be blood-tested a month before the show in order to validate their freedom from certain diseases. More than once, those tests were completed at the 11th hour with the help of a very cooperative veterinarian! Also, I don’t know how, but the envelope containing those tests could get lost in a showbox or a truck glove compartment very easily! While seeming somewhat cumbersome, those papers indicating proper animal health were and are necessary to allow for a healthier animal environment at the shows.
Locally-produced distillers grains are feed option for farmers
Coshocton Ethanol is now in production and is marketing its distillers grains (DG), a byproduct of producing ethanol, to local farmers. Because of the nutritional impact DG can have on animals, it is important for producers to consult with an animal nutritionist before incorporating the grains into their herd or flock nutrition management plans.
Dried distillers grains typically contain 25 to 35 percent crude protein. According to a feed analysis from Coshocton Ethanol, the dried DG (with solubles) produced at the facility is 30.5 percent protein (on a 100 percent dry matter basis).
California State University, Chico hosts Internet bull sale
Red Bluff Daily News
CHICO – California State University, Chico, College of Agriculture announces plans for its first Internet bull and female sale April 5-9.
The four-day event will feature 30 Angus and Red Angus yearling bulls and six halter-broke yearling heifers. The cattle will be available for preview at the University’s Agriculture Teaching and Research Center on April 5, or by arrangement. The bidding will begin at 8 a.m. on April 5 and end at 10 a.m. on April 9.
The Internet auction gives producers the opportunity to buy performance bulls at a time that is convenient for them. This auction also allows the CSU, Chico beef program to expand their buyer pool as producers from across the country can preview pictures and videos of the cattle, study their performance data and bid on the animal of their choice over the Internet.
MCA Foundation delivers beef to boys, girls
The Prairie Star
Members of the Montana Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) Foundation delivered beef to the Boys and Girls Club of Lame Deer, Mont., last week as part of the foundation’s Beef-on-Every-Plate drive.
Past president Paul Ringling and executive director Jeremy Seidliz delivered about 350 pounds of ground beef to the Boys and Girls Club on Feb. 18. This is the fourth animal that has been processed and delivered through this program.
Calving season has arrived in Douglas County
I hope you are enjoying the baby calves frolicking about the countryside.
Most of the 20,000 beef cows in Douglas County give birth from January through March, so beef producers are in the middle of making sure they provide the best of care for the new arrivals. Most cows calve completely unassisted, but some, particularly first-timers, may need help. Easy calving can be planned for, starting with proper heifer development and sire selection, continuing with good health care, and following through with balanced nutrition throughout pregnancy.