Bull Management: Vaccinations and Health
Heather Smith Thomas
Bulls should be on a good health care program, just like your cow herd. According to Dr. Ron Skinner, a veterinarian/breeder near Hall, Mont., there are four things that can play major roles in cattle health and the fertility of a bull — nutrition, genetics, disease and stress — that make the animal more vulnerable to disease.
Bovine Euthanasia Guidelines Available in English and Spanish
The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) offers its members, other beef and dairy veterinarians and livestock producers Practical Euthanasia of Cattle guidelines. These guidelines are intended to aid caretakers, animal owners, livestock market operators, animal transporters, and veterinarians in choosing effective euthanasia methods.
Ranching’s ‘New Normal’ Conditions Deserve a Close Look
The latest drought and escalating costs have created a new normal ranching environment. Here are 5 operating concepts to examine. The preceding 3-year drought, which some areas of Texas and Oklahoma are still experiencing, has left producers with a serious deficit of mother cows and available forage. Although cattle prices have risen to an attractive level, expenses have increased exponentially as well.
Kasey Brown, Kindra Gordon & Troy Smith
With projections for the world population to grow to more than 9 billion people by the year 2050, food production will also need to increase — by as much as 70% — to meet global demand.
The Two-Week Window That Changes Everything
Two weeks after calving, cows lose body condition. But if she is short on nutrients, too, that drop-off can set off a chain reaction that’s hard to stop.
8 Ridiculous Myths About Eating Meat
There is a lot of nonsense in nutrition. One of the worst examples is the constant propaganda against meat consumption. Here are 8 ridiculous myths about meat consumption and health.
Antibiotic resistance: Should I be concerned?
Lindsay Chichester , Dr. Dee Griffin
University of Nebraska
Whenever antibiotics are needed and used, whether for livestock or humans, they need to be administered judiciously with great responsibility. In many cases, when an animal becomes ill enough to need an antibiotic, it is a matter of life and death for that animal.
Cattle Feeding Profits Top $280 Per Head
Record-high cash fed cattle prices helped boost cattle feeding margins over $280 per head last week. Top prices in the Midwest reached $152.50 last week, leaving the USDA five-area average at $151.07 per cwt.
Beef: It’s What’s No Longer Affordable for Dinner
To paraphrase a Paula Cole song, where have all the cows gone? At the start of 2014, U.S. ranchers had 87.99 million head of cattle, the lowest total since 1951. Long periods of drought in California and Texas are largely being blamed for the declining herd figures, so it’s not like the numbers should come as much of a surprise.
Beef calf scours signs and treatment strategies.
Kevin Gould, Dan Grooms
Michigan State University
Common signs of calf scours: Watery stools that may be brown, grey, green, yellow in color. Occasionally blood and mucus may be evident in the stools. Rust colored or very bloody stools are often associated with infection with Salmonella, coccidia, or Clostridium perfringens.