Preconditioning In An Up Market
Weaning and preconditioning top the list of aggravating and expensive chores for most ranchers. Calves break down fences, they need high-quality feed, and, even with all the extra work, they can still get sick and die from the stress. So why are so many producers still committed to preconditioning?
7 Ways To Improve Animal Welfare
Temple Grandin, an animal scientist at Colorado State University, says that being autistic helps her do better work to improve animal welfare in slaughterhouses. There’s a stereotype that people with autism are cold and unfeeling. However, Grandin is empathetic toward animals.
Biosecurity Basics for Cattle Operations and Good Management Practices (GMP) for Controlling Infectious Diseases
Marilyn Buhman, Grant Dewell, Dee Griffin, DVM, MS
University of Nebraska
The goal of biosecurity is to stop transmission of disease-causing agents by preventing, minimizing or controlling cross-contamination of body fluids (feces, urine, saliva, etc.) between animals, animals to feed and animals to equipment that may directly or indirectly contact animals.
Dealing with horn flies on beef cattle
The Ada News
Oklahoma cattlemen are constantly aware of the potential of external parasites to cause economic loss and transmit disease. External parasites of primary concern from an economic perspective are biting flies, grubs, lice and ticks. Nuisance flies such as house flies and face flies, can affect cattle to a lesser degree.
Grazing in wet fields could expose cattle to foot rot, pinkeye, Purdue expert says
Cattle grazing for prolonged periods in flooded or muddy pastures are at greater risk for foot rot and pinkeye, two bacterial infections that thrive in wet conditions, a Purdue Extension veterinary specialist says.
Walker’s conservative stance extends to agriculture
The latest Republican to seek his party’s presidential nomination, Scott Walker has a well-earned reputation as a fiscal and social conservative. The two-term governor of Wisconsin, the nation’s No. 2 milk-producing state, is a firm believer in lower taxes and less government in all sectors including agriculture.
The importance of dairy calves in the beef business
Reduced culling rates thus far in 2015 indicate that producers are working to rebuild the U.S. cowherd. That assessment was confirmed by USDA’s July 1 Cattle Inventory report in which beef cow numbers were pegged at 30.5 million head—up 3% versus last year.