Daily Archives: September 17, 2009

Genetic Factors: Neuropathic Hydrocephlus (NH) – “Water Head”

Genetic Factors: Neuropathic Hydrocephlus (NH) – "Water Head"

Red Angus Association of America

With increased reporting of abnormal calves, I often recognize other lower frequency conditions within the populations that require investigation. We experienced this most recently with tibial hemimelia (TH) in Shorthorns when pulmonary hypoplasia and anasarca (PHA) was discovered in the materials submitted for consideration as possible TH cases.

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Feed Tag Basics 101 – Final

Feed Tag Basics 101 – Final

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science Animal Science, University of Nebraska

This will be our last discussion on understanding the information on a feed tag. The reason for the three-part series is that feed costs are the major costs in a cow/calf enterprise. Being an informed buyer will aid you in purchasing what is needed to balance out the nutrients in high forages diets. At times, it can be confusing how to determine the intake of a specific vitamins and minerals from a supplement.

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Ranchers blast private grassland proposal

Ranchers blast private grassland proposal

Billings Gazette

A proposal to carve out a 60,000-acre grassland preserve for bison in northeastern Montana has won few backers among the region’s cattle ranching community.

The Bureau of Land Management gathered comment Tuesday during a meeting in Havre about the so-called American Prairie Reserve targeted for Phillips County. The preserve consists of private land and property leased from the BLM for grazing and would start with about 100 bison.

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It’s not weaning but people who make calves sick

It’s not weaning but people who make calves sick

Allan Nation

The Stockman GrassFarmer

Bud Williams believes that animals can sense our emotions and will mirror them. And so the first requirement for a low death loss on stocker calves was to love animals and your job.

"A healthy calf is a happy calf. Animal health problems are created by somebody," he said. "Animals don’t just get sick. They decide to get sick. If you don’t want to be there with that calf he knows it and it bothers him."

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Weaning Beef Calves

Weaning Beef Calves

Ministry of Agriculture, Ontario

Weaning time is a stressful period for the mother cow and her calf. Traditionally, some Ontario cow-calf producers wean calves the day they leave the farm, thus avoiding the critical attention required to ensure calf health and continued performance. Others wean calves on the farm as part of a complete pre-conditioning program, before backgrounding or sale.

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Feeding and Management Options in Dry Conditions

Feeding and Management Options in Dry Conditions

Agri-News

            There are several things producers can do to when faced with low moisture conditions. First, it’s important to establish critical rain dates after which time action will need to be taken. Such action might include reducing stocking rates, arranging for winter feeding, comparing costs of alternative feeds, moving cattle to the feed rather than the feed to the cattle, finding pasture in other parts of the province, and if necessary custom wintering cows elsewhere.

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Global Animal Management announces Auction Check

Global Animal Management announces Auction Check

Drovers

As the information age hits the cattle industry in full force, Global Animal Management, Inc. (GAM®), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, is providing auction markets with the means to conveniently add value to their clients’ livestock through Auction CheckTM, an online age, source and process verification program for the auction market.

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