Health and Nutrition Go Hand in Hand
There are many aspects to keeping a herd of cattle healthy. Vaccinations, worming, etc. are often what we think of. But if you want your calves to be born healthy next year and your cows to remain healthy and productive, nutrition is as important as anything.
Cattleman Roping In the Profits on Sport Cattle
Victoria G. Myers
It only takes a minute of talking with W.R. Baker to get crystal clear on the qualities he values in a cow herd. It’s not the sort of thing you’d hear from the average cattleman.
Timing is Everything: Clemson researchers hit 73% Choice with a short stint in the feedlot.
Whether you’re trying to finish steers for a beef business or make sure your yearling bulls shine come ultrasound time, Clemson researchers Susan Duckett and John Andrae have good news.
Spring Storms and Cold Stress
Cold stress with cattle is often associated with below zero temperatures, especially in South Dakota. In reality, cattle that are adapted to the cold conditions found in northern plains winters can function and perform well under a wide range of conditions.
Make Vaccination One Step to Build Herd Health Program
Many beef producers think their vaccination program is their herd health program, but that’s too thin a viewpoint, says Dr. Arn Anderson, who practices from his Crosstimbers Veterinary Clinic at Bowie, Texas.
Here are tips for cattle and forage producers
During the breeding season, monitor the activity of each bull. Be sure all bulls are walking properly and checking cows for estrus activity.
Dairy, beef cattle lameness guidelines available from AABP
The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) has introduced newly created beef and dairy lameness guidelines for its members and the livestock industry. "Lameness in Dairy & Beef Herds" offers information veterinarians and their clients can use to identify, mitigate and prevent lameness in cattle.
Nontoxic fescue varieties ready to use; they produce more beef on fewer acres
Duane Dailey, Justin Sexten
University of Missouri Extension
Cattle producers facing fewer grazing acres for herd expansion can boost beef production with better grass. One answer is more cows on fewer acres, says Justin Sexten, University of Missouri beef nutritionist.
Ground beef from grass-fed and grain-fed cattle: Does it matter?
Stephen B. Smith
The internet is awash in websites proclaiming the nutritional benefits of ground beef from grass-fed cattle. However, researchers in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University have published the only two research studies that actually compared the effects of ground beef from grass-fed cattle and traditional, grain-fed cattle on risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type II diabetes in men. Was ground beef from grass-fed beef actually more healthful?
Changing Pastures? Beware of Last Season’s Parasite Infestation
It’s a common misconception among producers that a rotational grazing strategy helps provide protection from parasite infections. But nothing could be further from the truth according to Joe Dedrickson, DVM, Ph.D, large animal veterinary services, Merial. In fact, the use of pasture rotation as a means of parasite control may actually increase the risk.