BeefTalk: Feed Those Cows the Right Amount of Feed
Beef Cattle Nutrient Requirements Beef Cattle Nutrient Requirement
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
With the temporary letup from the harshness of winter weather, cow-calf producers are breathing a sigh of relief. The arctic cold is held at bay and the world seems to go a little better.
Hernia Repair May be the Answer
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Think carefully before opting to lance a swollen area on a cow. If it’s a hernia you could be making a fatal mistake.
BQA Best Management Practices: Feed additives and medications for the cow-calf producer
Michigan State University
A quick review of the BQA guidelines show that they exist to help producers to ensure a high quality end product that meets or exceeds expectations every time. The cow-calf producers main product is weaned calves, and culled breeding stock. The calves need to be of the quality that will meet or exceed the requirements of the next segment of the industry, whether that is directly to the feedlot, or the stocker operation.
USDA Secretary orders update of agency’s animal welfare research strategy
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters.
Genomics and Economics: A One-Two Punch
A Steak in Genomics
On January 27th I spoke with Scott Brown during the evening portion of the Southwest Missouri MU Extension Beef Cattle Conference organized by Patrick Davis, Andy McCorkill, and Eldon Cole. I discussed the facts about EPDs working to change a herd and how genomic testing can improve the precision and reliability of EPDs.
The biggest day of the year: Ins and outs of production-sale planning
Morning breaks while dust fills the air as a steady line of traffic flows down the normally silent road. Trucks pulling trailers varying distances, from crossing a county line to several state borders, slowly pull through the ranch gate and park. Cattle pens at the back of the barn begin to fill with an assortment of cattlemen and women as they meticulously sort through lots.
What has two thumbs and wants to turn $2 into $50??? THIS GUY!
Dr. Lawton Stewart
Southeast Cattle Advisor
If nothing else, I got you to stop and read this first sentence, or at least look at the figures. Implanting cattle is not a new technology, its been around for years. It has the potential to add 3-5% more pounds to your calf crop, yet fewer and fewer producers are employing the practice.
Finally! A Prolapse with Pictures!
A Day in the Life of a Cow Vet
I know I’ve discussed other emergency calls where I’ve had to attend to a prolapse, but never had any pictures to show you what it really is. When I arrived at this farm, the cow was out in the pasture and I had to have them run back to the barn to get water, so I had some time to actually take a picture!
Mud Can Be An Enemy to Cattle’s Health
Heather Smith Thomas
Mud is the enemy of good health. Wet seasons create stress for livestock; a wet hair coat loses its insulating quality and cattle suffer more cold stress in wet weather than in dry cold. Under dry conditions, the hair is fluffy and has tiny air spaces between each hair, holding a layer of warmer air next to the body.
Winter Management inter Management of the Beef Cow Herd
Vern Anderson, Breanne Ilse, John Dhuyvetter, Charles Stoltenow, Dale Burr, Tim Schroder, Tyler Ingebreton
North Dakota State University
Beef cattle increase body heat production as a response to severe cold exposure by increasing their metabolic rate (heart rate, respiration and blood fl ow). Animals eat more during cold weather to meet maintenance requirements.