Baxter Black, DVM: LOADING BULLS THE COWGIRL WAY
Most inventions or new ideas result from a problem for which there is no commonly prescribed answer. Women often have more need to find an alternative solution because, unlike their macho counterparts, “brute force” is not usually a choice.
Storm Debris in Pastures Potential Health Risk to Cattle
Insulation can cause bloat, impaction and gastro-intestinal problems when consumed, including possible hemorrhaging of the rumen. Nails and other small pieces of metal can cause “hardware” disease, health problems associated with the consumption of metal.
Preventing, treating grass tetany
Dave Barz, DVM
Tri State Livestock News
Spring is definitely here. The pastures are growing, but the wet cold weather has really slowed their maturity. When the weather warms after these wet rainy days the grass will grow rapidly. This fast growth and turnout of your lactating mama cows could result in grass tetany.
Positive Pasture Conditions Boost Cattle Prices
Late winter and spring moisture conditions have been good for pastures across the United States, giving a positive start to grazing season. The latest USDA Pasture and Range conditions report showed 64% of the U.S. reporting conditions as good to excellent. And only 7% report poor to very poor pasture conditions.
Grass-fed Beef: A Good Choice?
Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic foods supermarket, has announced that grass-fed-and-finished beef is offered in the meat departments of all of its 284 stores in the United States.
Winter Memories and Forage Plans
Dr. Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech
What a great spring for grass and cattle. The quick and sudden warm-up that followed the snowy winter resulted in some flooding and plenty of mud; but it also accelerated early grass growth.
NALF recommends strategic crossbreeding
For cow-calf producers, survival and operational profitability are reliant upon efficiently producing uniform calves for target markets in an economical fashion. Doing so requires a clear management plan, set goals for the cow herd, proper bull selection and a concise marketing strategy. Collectively, those things reduce risk and generate greater returns to the bottom line.