Daily Archives: September 14, 2009

Video Feature: Using an esophageal feeder

Video Feature: Using an esophageal feeder

Dr. Mark Hilton, Purdue Extension Veterinarian demonstrates how to insert an esophageal feeder in a young calf. The apparatus is used to administer electrolytes and medication to a sick calf.

Retained Placenta in Beef Cattle

Retained Placenta in Beef Cattle

California Cattlemen

The placenta (or afterbirth) is the name given to the membranes that transfer nutrients from the cow to the calf before the calf (fetus) is born. These membranes and blood vessels are made by the calf and connect to the blood supply in the uterus of the cow or heifer. The cotyledons (buttons) of the placenta “hook up” to the caruncles of the uterus. It is across this thin connection between the membranes of the cow and the membranes of the calf that essential materials pass to the developing calf. These essential materials include oxygen, blood sugar (glucose), amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), fats, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins, trace minerals and all the other essential components of life.

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Valuable information in cattle records

Valuable information in cattle records

Ken Olson

Tri State Livestock News

Most beef cattle producers know about the IRM little red books or other similar products that can be carried around in your shirt pocket to keep calving records and all kinds of other valuable information about your cow herd management throughout the year. Many faithfully carry them throughout the year and record abundant information.

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Baxter Black, DVM: BRONC YEARS

Baxter Black, DVM:  BRONC YEARS

Calf ropers are a peculiar group of talented cowboys. I would characterize them as more serious about their work than most. They have hobbies like small appliance repair and breeding orchids.

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Bovine Tuberculosis in Minnesota

Bovine Tuberculosis in Minnesota


Until the year 2005, Minnesota had been free of bovine tuberculosis (TB) since 1971. While the impacts TB had on the cattle industry back in the early 1900s were devastating, a scaled down version of these impacts is being seen on the beef industry in Minnesota reports Ryon Walker from the University of Minnesota.

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New events added to 36th Annual NAILE beef cattle division; shows begin Nov. 14

New events added to 36th Annual NAILE beef cattle division; shows begin Nov. 14

High Plains Journal

North American International Livestock Exposition officials have announced the 2009 beef cattle division schedule which features shows for 19 different breeds. National shows will be conducted by the Chianina, Hereford, Gelbvieh, Red Angus, Red Poll, Murray Grey, Belted Galloway and Piedmontese breeds. A new show for Fullblood Simmentals has been added to the schedule. A complete listing of all shows is available online at www.livestockexpo.org.

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Montana Cattle and Bison Import Requirements Revised

Montana Cattle and Bison Import Requirements Revised


Meeting this week (10 September) in Bismarck, the board rescinded an earlier order requiring testing of most cattle and bison from Montana and issued a new order, limiting the testing to cattle and bison from Beaverhead, Carbon, Gallatin, Madison, Park, Sweet Grass and Stillwater counties. Animals from those counties that must be tested include females, 18 months of age or older or that have calved or are near calving, as well as bulls, 12 months and older.

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