Daily Archives: March 5, 2009

Terry Fankhauser and Bill Hammerich: Colorado history and future

Terry Fankhauser and Bill Hammerich give a Colorado welcome to 2008 BEEF Quality Summit attendees and a history of livestock in the state. Recorded a the 2008 Beef Quality Summit, November 2008, Colorado Springs, CO. This Recording is a production of the Animal Sciences Department, Purdue University.

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Simplified Planning of Estrus Synchronization Systems.

Simplified Planning of Estrus Synchronization Systems.

Iowa Beef Center

There’s no question about the benefits of estrus synchronization in a beef herd. However, navigating the many programs and options that come with estrus synchronization can become an overwhelming and frustrating experience. The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University and the North Central Region Bovine Reproduction Task Force are pleased to offer this Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet program to assist herd managers in making the right management decisions and establishing a program calendar for each day and each task.

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Treatment of Calf Scours

Treatment of Calf Scours

University of California-Davis

What causes calf scours? As new calves arrive, so does the threat of the common condition known as “calf scours” or neonatal calf diarrhea. Infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria cause this condition. These agents have the common property of causing a net loss of water and electrolytes from the calf’s body via the gut. This causes potentially life-threatening dehydration and electrolyte imbalances that can result in death.

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Forage Focus: Low Cutting Height Can Result In Loss of Orchardgrass Stands

Forage Focus: Low Cutting Height Can Result In Loss of Orchardgrass Stands

Les Vough, University of Maryland Forage Specialist Emeritus

Cutting height may be the cause of loss of orchardgrass stands as much as insect and disease problems. Insects such as grubs and billbugs and leaf diseases are certainly contributors to loss of stands but the advent and popularity of disc mower-conditioners somewhat coincides with the shorter stand life and slower recovery of orchardgrass fields after cutting.

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Bull Selection 101

Bull Selection 101

John L. Evans, Ph.D., Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist, Department of Animal Science, Oklahoma State University

For many cattle producers, this is a time of year when important decisions are made regarding the cow herd.  Many producers begin to receive sale catalogs, view sale publications, and may be receiving calls from previous bull suppliers.  It is important for producers to make sound judgments about their herd sires.  A poor bull buying decision might leave a producer with a product they don’t need or don’t want in their herd.  On the other hand, a good bull buying decision will increase the producer’s chances of having a more profitable calf crop.

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National Junior Angus Show to be Held in Georgia

National Junior Angus Show to be Held in Georgia

Cattle Today

Junior Angus enthusiasts and their families should have their calendars marked for the most-exciting event of their summer—the 2009 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), set for July 19-25 in Perry, Ga. The Georgia Junior Angus and Georgia Angus Associations will host the “Sweet Southern Showdown” at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.

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Plan Ahead for Heat Synchronization Methods for Replacement Heifers

Plan Ahead for Heat Synchronization Methods for Replacement Heifers

Glenn Selk, OSU Extension Cattle Reproduction Specialist

Producers that plan to use artificial insemination as part or all of this upcoming spring breeding season should start their preparations immediately.  A popular synchronization protocol for heifers involves the feeding of an additive, and the feed must be ordered and delivered and the proper time. 

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