Daily Archives: July 16, 2012

Prevent beef calf respiratory disease

Prevent beef calf respiratory disease

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

After 3 weeks of age, almost one-third of beef calf deaths are from respiratory disease.

W. Mark Hilton, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Beef Cattle, Purdue University, generally sees respiratory issues and summer pneumonia in calves between 2–4 months of age.

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Chiropractics and acupuncture holds benefits for cattle industry

Chiropractics and acupuncture holds benefits for cattle industry

The Cattle Business Weekly

Neck injuries on bulls are the most common cattle problem vet Roy Schnell has treated with chiropractics and acupuncture. They can lead to problems in the cervical area of the animal and pinch nerves.

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Preserving your Pastures

Preserving your Pastures

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

Think of your fields & pastures like their an extension of your lawn, avoid watering/irrigating them during the hottest parts of the day and irrigate them only when your forages need it. 

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FDA’s Livestock Antibiotic Proposals Based On Theory

FDA’s Livestock Antibiotic Proposals Based On Theory

AgriMarketing

Citing a lack of data to support limiting antibiotic use in livestock, the American Farm Bureau Federation has told the Federal Drug Administration that it is concerned with proposals that would restrict antibiotic use based on unproven theory.

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Stretch Pastures in Drought Conditions

Stretch Pastures in Drought Conditions

Denise Schwab, Sherry Hoyer

Iowa State University

As the drought continues, cattle producers are asking how to stretch their pastures. Two major techniques may be pursued, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Denise Schwab. One is to reduce the grazing pressure from the animal side, and the other is to supplement the amount of feed available.

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Farm Bill Amendment Would Gut GIPSA Rule

Farm Bill Amendment Would Gut GIPSA Rule

Claire Hermann

RAFI-USA

The compromise GIPSA rule, finalized last year, addressed many of the unfair practices that growers say were common in the industry. The finalized rule represented a compromise between the industry and farmer organizations.

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Wisconsin farmers weigh trucking cattle to greener pastures due to drought

Wisconsin farmers weigh trucking cattle to greener pastures due to drought

Fallreporter.com

Dick Cates produces range-fed Angus and Jersey beef near Spring Green. Cates says difficult times demand creative solutions. He says it’s not unheard of to move cattle around, but the Wisconsin farmer doesn’t necessarily think in those terms.

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Opening of South Dakota beef processing plant put on hold

Opening of South Dakota beef processing plant put on hold

IN Forum

Northern Beef Packers officials had hoped to open the Aberdeen plant on Saturday. Laure Swanson, a spokeswoman for the company, tells the American News that a new opening date has not been set.

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Heat Leaves Ranchers a Stark Option: Sell

Heat Leaves Ranchers a Stark Option: Sell

JACK HEALY

New York Times

As a relentless drought bakes prairie soil to dust and dries up streams across the country, ranchers struggling to feed their cattle are unloading them by the thousands, a wrenching decision likely to ripple from the Plains to supermarket shelves over the next year.

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Don’t Chop Droughty Corn Too Soon

Don’t Chop Droughty Corn Too Soon

Hay & Forage Grower

Drought-damaged corn can make good feed when chopped for silage, but growers tend to harvest it when it’s too wet, resulting in poor fermentation, warns Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist.

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