ARS Highlights Alternatives to Antibiotics for Animal Agriculture
Food Safety News
As concerns grow about antibiotic-resistant pathogens in our food, environment, and hospitals, the Agricultural Research Service is trying to figure out the best alternatives for food animal producers, who have long relied on these miracle drugs for combating diseases and boosting feed efficiency.
Smart Deworming Maximizes Gains, Minimizes Costs
In forage-rich systems, mature cows can often forego deworming. But if the goal is feed efficiency and high milk production, it may be a good investment.
Herd-health risk management
Dave Barz, DVM
Tri State Livestock News
Now that Memorial Day has passed, summer must be close at hand. Most farmers and ranchers were able to put their crops in during a cool, dry May.
Be Prepared for Anaphylaxis
A good many cattle producers may never see a critter succumb to anaphylaxis. Others may see it several times during their careers as animal handlers. Evidence suggests anaphylaxis occurs in less than one per 10,000 head. It’s a rare event, but kind of scary when it does happen. It can be deadly, unless producers are prepared and act quickly.
Anaplasmosis may be more common, widespread this year
University of Arkansas
An abundance of insects borne by an early spring could mean an earlier-than-normal occurrence of a sometimes fatal cattle disease called anaplasmosis, said Tom Troxel, associate head-animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Limousin Association announces staff additions
Barn OnAir and OnLine
The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) announces the additions of Brittany Barrick and Alison Pagel to the NALF staff.
Is it foot rot or something else?
One of the most common ailments that cattle producers will observe in cows or bulls out on summer pasture is lameness. Whether a case is mild or obvious, an animal “turning up lame” at some point in the summer is inevitable in every operation.
Hysteria wins, consumers lose
It was like the old horror movie when a black blob descended from the sky causing people to flee in the city streets. There are at least two things in common between the movie of the 1950s and the recent national episode about a food product now known as "pink slime." Neither is based on truth and both caused pointless panic.
Pasture Rent: Compare Apples To Apples
Hay & Forage Grower
With pasture rental rates on the rise, it’s more important than ever to compare per-acre rates to those figured on a per-animal-unit (AU) or other basis, says Ken Olson, South Dakota State University Extension beef specialist.
25 Things I Want My Ranch Kids to Know
The Sagebrush Sea
I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been living my ideal ranch life lately. I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time in the car and on the computer, rather than my horse. As a result, I’ve been stumbling around on the ubiquitous website Pinterest.