Fly control without all the chemicals
Kerry Halladay, W
Western Livestock Journal
As calves are growing and summer approaches, change is in the air. So are flies, so control measures need to be considered. There are many tried and true fly control methods such as pesticide-impregnated ear tags and pour-on chemical controls.
Early Season Grazing Targets Kentucky Bluegrass
North Dakota State University
Early season grazing could be an effective way to control Kentucky bluegrass, North Dakota State University researchers and Extension Service specialists say. Kentucky bluegrass is a perennial cool-season grass with tiny leaves. It heads out early and does not provide useful forage for very long. It begins growing earlier in the spring than native species. That gives it an advantage because it can use soil water and block sunlight to the later-emerging grass species.
Grazing For Soil Health
Like most others, Dan Stelling’s cow-calf operation is forage-based. There wasa time, however, that Stelling paid little attention to his pasture forage. By his own admission, the Pierce, Neb., cattleman and farmer concentrated most on increasing the performance of his cattle, mainly through genetic selection.
Reducing Fly Populations on Pastured Cattle
University of Nebraska
As late spring and early summer approaches, livestock producers should begin the process of evaluating their pasture fly control options for their specific management system. There are three fly species in Nebraska that economically impact grazing cattle; horn fly, face fly and stable fly.
Johnsongrass is a tall, vigorous, perennial grass with wide-leaf blades. It was originally imported to the U.S. from Turkey as forage for livestock and erosion control projects. It is widely adapted throughout the southern states and is used for hay and grazing.
Grass tetany likely to be seen throughout spring season due to rain, cool temps
High Plains Journal
Although the disease known as grass tetany typically peters out by April, Arkansas cattle ranchers should keep an eye out for the disease well into the late spring months this year, due to heavy rains and cool temperature trends in the region.
Measuring results of antimicrobial policy
Anyone believing the antibiotic-resistance issue would just “go away” would have been sorely disappointed over the past month or two. If anything, the issue has moved further up the list of public priorities as media and government shower the topic with attention.