Daily Archives: July 29, 2015

Preconditioning In An Up Market

Preconditioning In An Up Market

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

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?

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7 Ways To Improve Animal Welfare

7 Ways To Improve Animal Welfare

Renee Farris

Triple Pundit

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.

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Biosecurity Basics for Cattle Operations and Good Management Practices (GMP) for Controlling Infectious Diseases

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.

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Dealing with horn flies on beef cattle

Dealing with horn flies on beef cattle

Justin Mcdaniel

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.

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Grazing in wet fields could expose cattle to foot rot, pinkeye, Purdue expert says

Grazing in wet fields could expose cattle to foot rot, pinkeye, Purdue expert says

Darrin Pack

AG Answers

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.

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Walker’s conservative stance extends to agriculture

Walker’s conservative stance extends to agriculture

Fran Howard

Agri Pulse

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.

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The importance of dairy calves in the beef business

The importance of dairy calves in the beef business

Nevil Speer

BEEF

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.

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