Prevention is preferred as cold, wet conditions contribute to scours issues
Iowa Farmer Today
Calving season usually involves at least one battle with the mud. Throw cold weather into the dirty conditions, and any veterinarian will label that a perfect recipe for calf scours.
Shortening the Calving Season
University of Tennessee
The most widely used procedure for converting to a controlled breeding season is to convert slowly, over a three-year period. This usually results in a transition that does not require culling a majority of the cows in one year and is much more economically feasible than transitioning in a single season.
Starting Newborn Calves Off Right
University of Nebraska
Calving season for many producers is near, which means it is time to develop a Herd Health Plan (HHP) to start those newborn calves out on the right track, promoting good health. An appropriate Herd Health Plan/Protocol ensures that all cattle are raised in the best health.
Tips from the experts on your herd sire investment
“Buy a bull to use for five years, and he’s going to have a lasting impact upwards of 15 years on a cow herd."
Bipartisan Group of Former Agriculture Secretaries Urges Congress to Pass Trade Promotion Authority
A bipartisan group of former U.S. Agriculture Secretaries, representing all past Administrations from those of President Jimmy Carter to President George W. Bush, today issued the following open letter urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority.
8 Steps For Stress-Free Handling Of Cattle On The Range
On western ranges under drought conditions, ranchers and range managers are becoming increasingly interested in placing groups of cattle away from riparian areas and inducing them to stay without the use of fences. Bud Williams and other skilled stock people are successful at placing cattle, but it requires a high degree of skill to successfully get cattle to stay where they are placed.
Mississippi to Host 2015 BIF Symposium
The 2015 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Symposium and Convention is schedule for June 9-12, 2015, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Extension Service will host the event at the Beau Rivage Casino and Hotel in Biloxi.
The Longhorn Steer Competition Just Got Even More Interesting
The Texas Longhorn is an iconic breed perhaps most representative of the state. Their majestic horns can span up to seven feet tip to tip. When in groups, they have a tendency to butt heads and lock those big horns, so what happens when six or seven steers are all put together in one ring?
Bad Ranchers, Bad Cows
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
Livestock have been severely depleting public rangelands for decades. They do so by trampling vegetation, damaging soil, spreading invasive weeds, polluting water, increasing the likelihood of destructive fires, depriving native wildlife of forage and shelter and even contributing to global warming—all of which has been noted in study after study.
Using corn stover in backgrounding rations
Katie Nenn, Alfredo DiCostanzo
University of Minnesota
Corn stover is commonly used in beef cattle rations to provide an inexpensive roughage source. Ideally, under most conditions, it would be more appropriate and efficient if cattle grazed crop residue rather than harvesting residue to feed it; all by mechanical means leading to additional costs in fuel, oil and equipment