Daily Archives: January 20, 2015

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Little Engine That Could

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Little Engine That Could

Have you read The Little Engine That Could to your kids or grandkids? Dr. Tom told me a story that brought it back to me.

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Temple Grandin: More Gains Needed in Treatment of Livestock

Temple Grandin: More Gains Needed in Treatment of Livestock

Chris Clayton

DTN

The livestock industry must continue to improve the treatment of animals despite gains made in humane-handling practices in recent decades, Temple Grandin told attendees at the Farm Bureau annual convention.

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Probiotics & Prebiotics Make an Impact in the Feed Yard and Starting Cattle

Probiotics & Prebiotics Make an Impact in the Feed Yard and Starting Cattle

Jill J. Dunkel

Feedlot Magazine

Ask livestock nutritionists why probiotics and prebiotics are finding their way into more and more rations, and they could give you any of those answers. There are a number of products on the market today that have probiotic and prebiotic properties. Each have a niche in their mode of action, but they all seem to work toward animal well-being.

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Regulating Birth Weight In Beef Cattle

Regulating Birth Weight In Beef Cattle

Dr. John Comerford

Pennsylvania State University

Birth weight of beef calves may be one of the single most important factors in profitability of the beef herd. Birth weight accounts for over 70% of the variability in calf survival to weaning, yet many producers do not manage birth weight in their cows. There are two major ways to manage birth weight.

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Thoughts on stock handling

Thoughts on stock handling

Dave Hartman

Farm and Dairy

Interestingly, I have always thought that cattle handling is a little bit like deer hunting in that we all think we have considerable expertise, but in fact most of us are in serious need of more schooling.

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Deiter Family: Making sustainable changes for the future

Deiter Family: Making sustainable changes for the future

Lura Roti

The Cattle Business Weekly

Doug Deiter had been managing the family’s diversified farming operation for about 10 years when his younger brother, Roger, returned from college in 1979. The two men quickly divided up responsibilities, each taking over the enterprise they were most passionate about.

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Beef quality begins with momma cow care

Beef quality begins with momma cow care

Harold Harpster

Beef Producer

A "time of change" doesn’t quite describe what the beef industry has been through. How about "shock and awe"? Once unimaginable prices have become the norm.

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Condition scoring, management of beef cows can minimize later challenges

Condition scoring, management of beef cows can minimize later challenges

Burt Rutherford

BEEF

Why is it important to know the nutritional quality of your hay or forage? It’s because the nutritional status of your cows during the last trimester of pregnancy and right after calving largely determines the success of your ranch.

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Sanitation for calf scours prevention

Sanitation for calf scours prevention

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Vaccines, general cleaning and conventional management can only do so much in preventing neonatal calf scours in dairy-calf facilities, as scours pathogens routinely persist even in environments that appear clean

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Pre-Calving Prep

Pre-Calving Prep

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

There is nothing like a healthy new born calf to make your day. However, it is important to remember there are several factors that can influence the health and vigor of new born calves. With higher prices, losing a calf can add stress both mentally and financially to your operation. Here are some things you may want to consider.

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