Johnes Disease & Manuring Hay Fields
We don’t spread manure on any of our fields used for Hay production. It’s a personal preference we’ve held since day one. Simply due to the fact that it doesn’t seem like a healthy option. Of course there is manure in our pastures that is deposited by the animals while they graze.
Tuberculosis in cattle: What you need to know
Tri State Livestock News
The recent confirmation of bovine tuberculosis in a beef herd in Hutchinson County by the South Dakota Animal Industry Board presents an opportunity for cattle producers and others to review important aspects of this uncommon animal disease, according to South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Veterinarian Russ Daly.
New edition of Johne’s disease handbooks available
Dairy and beef producers and their veterinarians who want to help prevent or control Johne’s disease in their herds often ask where they should start with the process. The answer: Begin by conducting an on-farm risk assessment. Then develop and follow a management plan specific to a farm or ranch.
Billboards equate meat with cigarettes
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has been putting up billboards which send the message that eating certain meat products cause cancer and are equal to smoking cigarettes. The target is processed meats such as hot dogs and bacon.
Time to get your herd ready for winter
Great Falls Tribune
It’s weaning and shipping time in central Montana, which also means that it’s time for livestock producers to provide cows with their fall vaccinations. Most vaccination programs are based on a variety of factors including geographic location, available facilities, animal husbandry practices, and the producer’s overall management plan.
New Paper Questions the Value of Crossbreds
Common sense makes it clear: simplicity rules. However, ranching profitability is a model of complexity.
"Conventional wisdom says crossbreeding equals extra pounds and more revenue at sale time, but those assumptions are often too simplistic," says animal scientist Nevil Speer.
Packer Urges Cooperation to Please Consumer
If national trends are the equivalent of a beef industry report card, then ranchers and feeders are making the grade.