Correct CIDR Protocols
To get the most out of CIDR breeding technology, proper administration of the CIDR in the cow is essential, said John Rodgers at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattlemen’s College last week in Nashville, Tenn.
Advances Save on Wasted Feed Costa and Time
Drought conditions in regions throughout North America have placed a great deal of pressure on cattle ranchers and dairy farmers, particularly in regards to the cost and availability of hay this winter.
Homework pays off when shopping for bulls
Bull shopping season is underway for many area cow-calf operators. Catalogs are starting to appear in the mail or online and considerable thought should be going into the genetic needs of a producer’s herd’s before setting out to a sale according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
Navel and joint ill
As we prepare for spring calving, an important health concern in young calves is navel ill, which can lead to joint ill. Navel ill occurs shortly after birth when bacteria from the environment or skin are able to enter the calf through the navel and cause an infection or abscess in the umbilical (navel) area.
Griffin honored with BQA award
At the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association annual convention in Nashville this week Dee Griffin, DVM, MS, University of Nebraska, received the BQA Educator Award, which was open to individuals or companies that provide high quality and innovative training to individuals that care and handle cattle throughout the industry chain.
Johne’s or Hardware?
Dr. Ken McMillan
The Progressive Farmer
Johne’s disease is a chronic wasting disease. Cattle are most susceptible when they are young. Infected cows shed the bacteria in their stool and young cows ingest the manure.
If a meat processor were to spend $16 million a year on vaccines for its cattle to prevent bacterial contamination, but a recall still takes place due to contamination further down the line, is the earlier pre-harvest investment worth it?
E. coli Research Will Not Target Distillers Grains
Although a $25 million USDA research grant will not specifically target the incidence of E. coli in beef cattle fed distillers grains, researchers may still find information along the way, according to Jim Keen, DVM, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Nebraska’s Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center.
Pennsylvania Farm Wins NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award
The Masonic Village Farm, near Elizabethtown, Pa., was recognized as the national winner of the National Cattlemen’s Foundation Environmental Steward Award during the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn.
Extra-Label Drug Use
Dan Goehl, DVM
A recent announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding antibiotic use has led to some confusion among cattle producers. Effective April 5, 2012, veterinarians can continue to prescribe extra-label drug use of any cephalosporin product as long as it is the same dosage, used through the same route of administration and in the same species as its FDA-approved label.