Make sure your cows are nutritionally ready
Gilda V. Bryant
Minerals are important for herd health, reproduction and efficiency during winter. However, that is only part of the picture. Extra protein and energy are vital during cold, wet weather.
Producers must protect cattle and property
Robert Wells and Clay Wright
Cattle rustling can conjure up different thoughts depending on who you are. Some imagine a scene from an old western where bandana-wearing cowboys gather up ‘a herd of cows and drive them to a distant and secret location.
Preserving Beef Quality in Dairy Cows
Should dairy producers consider themselves beef producers? According to Linda Tikofsky, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., the answer is a resounding “yes!”
Solving Mystery Deaths of Calves
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Plan ahead for a necropsy, or autopsy, to find out why calves between 1 and 4 months of age are dying.
NCBA Accepting Applications for Cattle Industry Convention Internships
University of Delaware
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for internships during the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 6-9, 2013. The deadline to submit an application for this opportunity is Nov. 4, 2012.
Cattle Rustling Foiled by — Hair
Cattle theft has been a severe headache here for police and cattle raisers. The theft is often a single cow, killed and cut up in the owner’s pasture, leaving the bones, entrails and hide behind.
Drought-stricken Mont. ranchers sell calves early
Mt. Gillette news Record
Some ranchers in Montana are selling calves early after a summer that left them battered by drought, fires and high feed prices.
Tim Kiefer has a beef ranch north of Forsyth. He told the Billings Gazette that since the first of April, he’s had just two inches of rain on his land. That means his pastures that yielded 1,200 round hay bales last year couldn’t muster even one this year.
Utilize Cornstalks As Forage, Expert Urges
Hay and Forage Grower
Cornstalks have extra value as a supplemental livestock feed due to the drought-induced lack of forages this year, says Rory Lewandowski, an Ohio State University Extension ag educator.
Nose flaps prove to be a useful weaning aid
Heather Smith Thomas
Tri-State Livestock News
Andy Gray, who runs 500 cows near Douglas, WY, tried a new weaning method last year, using nose flaps on the calves. These plastic flaps are easily installed with the calves in a chute, and then the calves are returned to their mothers.
Cattle industry safeguard: Program eyes best practices, crisis response
Emergency response planners are working to avoid having 30 percent of the nation’s beef supply stuck in a Texas Panhandle quarantine after a major disease outbreak.