Video Feature: Antibiotics provide solutions
There is much discussion surrounding the use of antibiotics in food producing animals and the risk of resistance that may result. According to Dr. Scott Hurd of Iowa State University, the risk is very minimal and well offset by the benefits that antibiotics provide in regard to the welfare of our animals and food safety.
Q&A: What is the best way to treat footrot?
There are certainly a few different treatments for footrot. One of the best medication called Nuflor. This is an antibiotic you can get from your vet that can be given subcutaneously and is labeled for footrot. Usually one dose and it works really well.
Think Safety When Working Cattle
Take precautions when working around cattle.
Anyone working with cattle needs to be vigilant about safety.
“Even experienced cattlemen and women can get hurt when dealing with cattle,” says Karl Hoppe, a livestock specialist at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center. “Young kids move too quickly and excite animals. The elderly don’t move fast enough and get too close to a placid cow’s flight zone.”
Please, Just the Big Picture
Sometimes I think the data airwaves are just too crowded these days. Numbers fly at us from all directions, hoping that sheer volume can ensure market clarity and successful decision-making.
FDA seeks less use of antibiotics in animals to keep them effective for humans
Washington Post The Food and Drug Administration urged farmers on Monday to stop giving antibiotics to cattle, poultry, hogs and other animals to spur their growth, citing concern that drug overuse is helping to create dangerous bacteria that do not respond to medical treatment and endanger human lives.
Grazing Small Ruminants With Cattle
It is becoming more common for producers to use multi-species grazing — mixing sheep or goats together with cattle — to improve the use of forages and cut down on the expenses of mowing and spraying weeds in pasture.
A call for an independent Federation of State Beef Councils
The Cattle Business Weekly
On June 22 the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Executive Committee released its approved motion calling for the Federation of State Beef Councils to be a "strong, independent checkoff entity" that should be "separate from any policy organization."
Protect cattle from heat stress as temperatures rise
The Fence Post
With temperatures heating up, cattle producers need to take steps to protect their herds from heat stress, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef specialist said.
The approaching high temperatures, coupled with last week’s heavy rains, could cause hot, humid conditions in the next week or two. This weather could cause cattle to experience heat stress, especially if there is little wind and the cattle have not been exposed to these conditions before, said Terry Mader, beef specialist at UNL’s Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord.
Experts provide hurricane preparation, post-event guidelines for livestock owners
Blair Fannin, Texas A&M
North Texas E-News
Experts are encouraging livestock owners to take precautions as Hurricane Alex approaches Texas, as well as providing advice on livestock safety in its aftermath.
Weather reports indicate Alex could cause severe weather in many counties and associated rains could lead to flooding in many parts of the state.
Match Cattle And Forage To Improve Profit
Hay and Forage Producer
To get the maximum benefit from forages and beef cattle, they must be matched, says Clyde Lane, Jr., University of Tennessee Extension beef specialist.
“Animals that are considered high producers need high-quality forages and increased amounts while lower-producing animals can get by on poorer-quality forages and smaller amounts,” he points out.
Can a burger taste great and be good for the earth?
"Yet as great and creative as these burgers can be (and fun), nothing beats a burger made with the meat that burgers were meant to be made with — grass-fed and grass-finished beef," Nischan said in an e-mail.
Iowa Grazing Conference Set for Aug. 23-24
The Cattle Business Weekly
Farmers are invited to attend a grazing conference to gather information on grazing systems and the benefits how its making cattle development efficient through a variety of speakers who will be attendance.
Rotate active ingredients for adequate horn fly control
Development of insecticide resistance in a pest, such as the horn fly, is a selection process similar to that used by cattlemen to improve herds. Animals with undesirable traits are carefully culled; the best stock are kept. By the repeated use of insecticides, producers can cull horn flies that are susceptible or easily controlled.
Bovine TB: Colorado Joins Eight Other States Who’ve Found the Disease
This month’s news that four Colorado dairy cows have tested positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB) underscores the sobering fact that the disease remains a threat to U.S. cattle herds.
Groups Speak Out on FDA’s Antibiotic Proposal
The Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to limit antibiotic use in food-animal production is drawing more fire. The basic premise of the proposed guidelines is to limit the use of antibiotics deemed “medically important antibiotics for humans”.