Update: Curly Calf Syndrome of concern to Angus breeders
September 22, 2008 · Comments Off
Curly Calf Syndrome of concern to Angus breeders
Important Update on the Status of Curly Calf Syndrome (Bovine Hereditary Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita)
On September 5, 2008, the American Angus Association posted a notice on its website (www.angus.org) in which it requested the assistance of its members and users of Angus genetics in obtaining reports of any abnormal calves believed to fit the accompanying description of what is currently described as “Curly Calf Syndrome”.
Full Story PDF
The following link is NOT from Angus.org
Photos of calves afflicted with BHAMC
Response From Mark Gardiner PDF
Oklahoma Farm Report Article
University of Georgia Vet School page
BeefTalk: Market Cows and Bulls Are Not Culls
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Marketable Product Typical ND Beef Cattle Improvement Herd Marketable Product Typical ND Beef Cattle Improvement Herd
The sale of market cows and bulls is no small piece of change because it accounts for more than 35 percent of the production units’ marketable product.
Fall is here and the cattle inventory is being scrutinized critically. Feed, labor and desire will be some of the criteria as next year’s production herd is selected.
An overlooked impact is the value of market cows and bulls on cow/calf operations as cattle inventories are adjusted to bring in younger cows. Most people would refer to these animals as culls.
Protect Livestock from Prussic Acid
Michael Fisher, Area Extension Agent (Livestock), Colorado State University Extension, Golden Plains Area
As feed prices have risen, many livestock producers have turned to alternative means for providing feedstuffs for their livestock. One popular option has been to follow wheat harvest with a planting of sorghum. While a sorghum crop can be a valuable resource for feeding, it can also pose some hazards. When talking about toxins in a sorghum or sorghum cross plant, most commonly we are concerned with nitrate poisoning; especially during times of drought. However, there is another hazard that fewer people are aware of. It is prussic acid.
Energy needs impacting cattle production
Cattle Business Weekly
Rising energy prices will continue to hurt the beef sector.
That was the overall take home message from the recent cost control and risk planning webinar conducted Sept. 11 by Matt Diersen, Cole Gustafson and Harlan Hughes.
Gustafson of North Dakota State University touched upon why farmers and ranchers will continue to see energy prices rise through the winter of 2008 and into 2009.
AngusSource Prepares Producers for Challenges
The Oregon rangeland that surrounds Ted Bloomer’s home has provided his family with a good living for nearly 40 years.
At one time, this was isolated country, and the business of raising commercial cattle was a straightforward, cyclical process.
Fall Weather Brings Increased Risk Of Coccidiosis
If producers aren’t thinking about coccidiosis prevention and treatment, the fall weather may leave a chill in the air and on their pocketbook. Fall weather paired with weaning, confinement or other stressors can mean increased incidences of coccidiosis,8 and even subclinical infections can cause decreased growth rates and increased feed requirements to produce a pound of gain.
Earlage An Option For Harvesting Corn
One option for harvesting and storing corn is turning it into earlage, which ultimately will be used for cattle feed.
“Earlage, which is ensiled corn grain, cobs, husks and, in some cases, a portion of the stalk, is higher in energy than corn silage with similar protein content,” says Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. “It’s lower in energy than corn grain because it includes a portion of the fibrous parts of the plant, such as the husk, stalk and cob, but it works well in a variety of cattle diets, including growing and finishing diets for beef cattle and feed for lactating dairy cows.”