Daily Archives: November 25, 2009

Video Feature: Mycotoxins in Diets

Dr. Tamilee Nennich, Purdue Animal Science Department, explains the economic impact, as well as, the signs to watch for when dealing with mycotoxin contaminated feed.

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Culling Cows

Culling Cows

Darrell Rankins, Ph.D., Alabama Cooperative Extension System Animal Scientist


Before any cows can be culled from the herd, a minimum level of performance that a cow must meet to remain the herd must be established. These levels may be different from one herd to the next depending on whether the herd is expanding, shrinking or remaining constant in numbers.

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Right Harvest System, Storage, Feeding Plan Count When Feeding Hay

Right Harvest System, Storage, Feeding Plan Count When Feeding Hay

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer/DTN

Winter feed is probably your biggest expense in the cow/calf business. And if you’re like most cattlemen, winter feeding means hay—and plenty of it. Today, hay costs to winter a beef cow average $275 to $350.

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Waste not, want not: Companies find uses for leftover animal parts

Waste not, want not: Companies find uses for leftover animal parts

Greg Latshaw

USA Today

A growing number of companies are turning their attention to creating renewable products — such as adhesives and plastics — from the animal parts that can’t be sold on supermarket shelves.

From plastics made from feather protein to diesel fuel made from fat to organic fertilizer made from poultry litter, the USA’s top meat producers are developing new uses and markets for the animal parts that humans won’t eat, says Tom Cook, president of the National Renderers Association in Alexandria, Va.

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Understanding the BRD Complex

Understanding the BRD Complex

Lori Maude

Southern Livestock Standard

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is an infectious disease complex and one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in stocker and feedlot operations. Understanding the many factors that contribute to the BRD complex is an important step for producers to take in managing the disease. When BRD hits, a perfect storm of stress factors, virus agents and bacteria are at play in the animal’s respiratory system.

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Protect Your Herd From Vaccine Failures

Protect Your Herd From Vaccine Failures

Dan Goehl

Beef Today

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD or pneumonia) remains one of the primary infectious diseases in cattle. Advances in technology have greatly enhanced the quality of vaccines and antibiotics available for prevention and treatment of BRD.

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Mycotoxins and Reproduction

Mycotoxins and Reproduction

By Don Lamb, Director of Sales, Feed Division, All-West/Select Sires Inc.

Feeds containing mold-produced spores are a growing concern for dairy producers. Mold spores reduce the nutrient quality of grain and produce secondary metabolites, known as mycotoxins. These poisons affect the digestive, immune and reproductive functions of the dairy cow and can allow other diseases to invade from an already depleted immune system.

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