BeefTalk: Vaccinate and Prepare Valuable Calves for Market
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Vaccinate calves now in anticipation of weaning and preparation for sending the calves to market. I hope the calves already have had some vaccinations during branding or early summer cattle work, so now would be a good time to do booster vaccinations.
Modified-Live vs. Killed Vaccine Debate Continues
If you thought the debate was over, think again. Disagreement remains regarding whether an inactivated (killed) or modified‑live virus vaccine should be used when immunizing pregnant cows and heifers. The discussion was rekindled recently after a vaccine manufacturer issued a press release citing instances where reproductive failures followed use of modified‑live virus vaccine to immunize herds against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR).
The truth about undercover videos
Despite undercover videos showing footage of disturbing animal abuse, it is not a normal or acceptable occurrence. The beef industry does not condone any mishandling of livestock on the farm or ranch or in the packing facility.
Now’s the time to start thinking about fall pasture management
Although it’s still the dog days of summer, producers wanting to promote a healthier pasture next spring might want to take steps now to prevent overgrazing their pastures in fall, said a forage expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Market impact of Zilmax ban
Without Zilmax, the fed cattle population would likely need to be 2.3% larger to produce the same volume of beef, based on cocktail napkin economics.
How Red Meat Affects Your Health: 7 Reasons To Avoid Beef
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
Most of us have (or know) some crazy uncle who smokes, drinks, and eats hamburgers daily and he just turned 95 and still there’s no sign of dementia, heart disease, cancer — nothing. (Why researchers don’t do studies on people like him, instead of the ones who get sick, I’ll never know.)
Animal welfare consultant Grandin on Zilmax, beta-agonists
Merck & Co. recruited Temple Grandin, an advocate for the humane treatment of livestock, to be on a board that will consult on the company’s Zilmax feed additive, which has been temporarily taken off the U.S. and Canadian markets following animal welfare concerns.