Performance of replacement heifer calves following deworming
Jeremy Powell and Elizabeth Backes
Internal parasites are estimated to cost the U.S. cattle industry over $2.5 billion annually. Parasite burdens have been reported to decrease animal appetite, feed efficiency, ADG and total gain performance. Parasites also have potential to negatively affect reproductive performance of cows and developing heifer calves due to their effect on gain performance.
Pain management issues when castrating and dehorning
Heather Smith Thomas
The cattle industry has been moving toward improvements in low-stress handling, better ways to manage cattle. One issue that still needs to be addressed is pain management when doing routine procedures such as branding, castrating and dehorning.
Storing wet hay could cause barn fire, Purdue forage specialist warns
With parts of the Midwest experiencing wetter-than-normal weather conditions, a Purdue Extension forage specialist is urging farmers to make sure their hay is adequately dried before baling and storage to reduce the risk of barn fires.