Daily Archives: September 7, 2009

K-State Vet Urges Cattle Producers To Watch for Pinkeye

K-State Vet Urges Cattle Producers To Watch for Pinkeye

It shows up every year and to the unlucky cattle that contract it, Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis (IBK), more commonly called pinkeye, is incredibly painful and if left untreated, can lead to loss of the eye, a Kansas State University veterinarian said.

“Pinkeye is usually caused by the bacteria Moraxella bovis,” said K-State Research and Extension veterinarian Larry Hollis. “However, we’ve found that in many cases – especially the extremely difficult cases – another bacteria, either Branhamella ovis or Mycoplasma bovoculi, is also present.”

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Get Calves Ready for the Long Haul

Get Calves Ready for the Long Haul

Jeffrey N. Carter, University of Florida

Transporting beef calves post weaning to a feedlot facility is quite stressful. Short-term but significant reductions in feed and water intakes can result. Data compiled in Texas feed yards over seven years showed that healthy cattle consumed more feed during the first seven, 28, and 56 days after arrival than their non-healthy counterparts. When feed intakes are low, i.e., less than one percent of body weight, it is nearly impossible to formulate any kind of diet that will adequately meet animal requirements.

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Change, opportunity and challenge in beef industry

Change, opportunity and challenge in beef industry

 Lori Weddle-Schott, U of M Extension Beef Center

Farm and Ranch Guide

 “The only constant is change.”

I have heard my husband, Avery, the fearless one of our family, recite this to me, our children, friends and family as we face daily challenges. Avery calls this opportunity; at times I call it “chaos.”

Change is hard for many of us. The older we get the harder it gets to change.

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Carcass Ultrasound & DNA Technology: A Progress Report

Carcass Ultrasound & DNA Technology: A Progress Report

Carcass Ultrasound 101

The science and technology that has infiltrated the beef cattle business within the past decade is mind boggling. The tools available to seedstock breeders and commercial producers seem to grow by the day. In a competitive business world, breeders can find themselves marketing the science before anyone really knows if the science will impact the market.

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Weaning Nutrition and Management

Weaning Nutrition and Management

Dr. Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

One time-tested method of adding value to a calf-crop is to retain the calves post-weaning at a minimum through a 45-d preconditioning program.  The 45-d length is required to participate in many special sales or programs and is viewed as the “gold standard” of having cattle ready for a forage based stockering program or directly into a feedyard.

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Early Weaning for the Beef Herd

Early Weaning for the Beef Herd

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

      This section could probably be titled "What to Do If All Else Fails".  Certainly no one ever plans to find himself with a group of cows too thin to breed.  It does happen, however, and early weaning of calves at six to eight weeks of age is an effective way to get high rebreeding rates, even in very thin cows.

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First Ever Woman Senate Ag Committee Chair?

First Ever Woman Senate Ag Committee Chair?

Beef Today

The U.S. Senate could see its first-ever woman Agriculture Committee chairman, all due to the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).

When the Senate returns to work next Tuesday after its August recess, it will need to fill the now vacant Kennedy chairmanship of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) has chaired this committee during Kennedy’s illness

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