BeefTalk: Bedding Beef Cows Is Essential
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Challenges abound this year as North Dakota and many surrounding areas are living through a tough spring.
This spring is certainly one to remember. At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, calf death loss is just more than 11 percent, almost quadruple the typical loss of 3 percent for North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association members.
Mysterious occurrences in Colorado
Cattle ranchers finding mutilated cows
Anthony A. Mestas
The Cattle Business Weekly
Two more Southern Colorado ranchers say they have discovered cows mutilated under strange circumstances.
A cow on a ranch near Walsenburg was found with its udders cut off and a calf on a ranch near Trinidad was found missing the entire center of its body as well as its ears.
Animal Agriculture Taking a Proactive Approach to Activist Community
Hoosier AG Today
The activist community has changed the rules for today’s livestock producer and there is plenty of state and national support for those producers so they can learn the rules and how to win the battle. Isabella Chism is one trying to fire up the troops. The Indiana Farm Bureau 2nd Vice President has been speaking at Indiana district meetings.
Foot Rot in Beef Cattle
John F. Currin, D.V.M., Extension Veterinary Specialist, Virginia Tech
W. Dee Whittier, D.V.M., Extension Veterinary Specialist, Virginia Tech
Nancy Currin, D.V.M., Veterinary Extension Publication Specialist, Virginia Tech
Foot rot is a common disease of cattle that can cause severe lameness and decreased weight gain. Other common names for the disease are sore foot and foul foot. Technically the disease is called interdigital necrobacilosis, meaning a bacterial disease creating dead tissue between the toes, the interdigital area of the foot.
Livestock evacuated, Wait begins for cattle producers along Red River
The Cattle Business Weekly
Frank and Lucille Matejak spent the last week making preparations for their Angus cattle to be relocated from their farm that sits directly on North Dakota’s Red River near Grand Forks.
On Monday, Lucille reported their cow/calf pairs had moved to Edinberg, N.D. where a gentleman who once raised cattle and had a supply of hay volunteered to watch after the herd. Lucille said their local vet helped set up the arrangement.
Bovine Trichomoniasis Update
The Colorado Department of Agriculture sends regular updates for bovine trichomoniasis cases in cattle across Colorado.
As of March 30, there is one trichomoniasis quarantine in Colorado. In 2009, four Colorado counties have had trichomoniasis quarantines. In 2008, 43 Colorado facilities in 18 counties had trichomoniasis quarantines. In 2007, there were a total of 14 counties with trichomoniasis quarantines.
Cattlemen strained, but demand strong
ProNew 7 wondered what the effect of the $3 million loss due to last week’s storm, combined with low beef prices, are having on the cattle industry.
Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) officials told Pronews 7 the industry is suffering, and the loss of 3,500 cattle because of the blizzard is just an added stress.