BeefTalk: Cows Have Memories, Too
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The other day, although a minor event, I had a memory-producing moment. I poured a glass of water and took a drink, then set the glass down momentarily. Soon, I took a second drink, only to have this less-than-desirable sensation. During the brief time that the glass was unattended, a boxelder bug landed in the glass and became part of my drink.
Biosecurity: Tips on Bring Home a New Bull
Heather Smith Thomas
For most new bulls, the quarantine period is simply the ride home. Three weeks is better.
One of the most common ways new diseases come into a herd is with new animals. Biosecurity measures are an important part of disease prevention, along with good nutrition and vaccination.
Increase in Formula Priced Cattle
Cattle feeders and packers have been trading more cattle on a formula based pricing system and fewer on a negotiated basis in recent years according to data reported by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service," explained Darrell R. Mark, Adjunct Professor of Economics at South Dakota State University, in his regular Cattle & Corn Comments column on iGrow.
Buying replacement females is difficult. Here are some considerations.
5 Tips for Weaning Calves Post-Blizzard
The early October blizzard brought on several new challenges for Western producers, but one of the biggest may be altering weaning programs and management practices to ensure care of already-stressed calves, say two South Dakota State University Extension specialists.
For Merck, bringing cattle feed Zilmax back won’t be easy
P.J. Huffstutter and Lisa Baertlein
U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co (MRK.N) faces significant challenges bringing its controversial feed additive Zilmax back to market in the United States and Canada, even after a vote of confidence from South Korea on Thursday.
Feds looking into SD beef plant
Federal authorities are investigating the finances of an idled beef plant and a federal immigration program that supplied much of its funding, two former chief players in the company told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Managing bovine respiratory disease starts with the veterinarian
Most in the beef industry know there is no "typical" case of bovine respiratory disease (BRD). And with the number of variables that can impact cattle health – weather, stress and genetics among them – it’s very important for producers to work with their veterinarian to develop a BRD management program that can help bring consistency to their operation.
Building a Major League Herd
A different hotel in a different congested city every couple of nights — it’s enough to drive any wide‑open‑spaces‑loving, small town kid crazy. But if your dream is to play in the big leagues, it comes with the territory, and you’ve just got to find a way to cope.
State veterinarian office performs a critical mission
As livestock from across the United States converge on Louisville for the North American International Livestock Exposition November 9-22, 2013 I am reminded of how important it is for Kentucky and the United States to have a robust system in place to safeguard our livestock from disease.