Anaplasmosis in Beef Cattle
Dee Whittier, D.V.M., M.S., Nancy Currin, D.V.M., John F. Currin, D.V.M
Editor’s Note: We have just received reports of anaplasmosis in several southern Indiana beef herds. The publication in this link does an excellent job of describing the disease, what causes it, how to minimize exposure risk, and how it can be treated. Dr. Ron Lemenager
Anaplasmosis is an infectious disease of cattle caused by several species of the blood parasite Anaplasma. A. marginale is the most common pathogen of cattle. Anaplasmosis is also called “yellow bag” or “yellow fever” as affected animals can develop a jaundiced appearance.
Body conditioning scores key to beef profits
Delta Farm Press
“We’re trying to hit the middle of the scale at a 5 for the mature cow herd or 6 for replacement heifers,” Holmes said. “We have excellent forages here, so we are able to stay in the 5 range pretty easily.”
Nearly a million cattle still roam, yet they’re fewer, but bigger, than 1964
Andy Groseta is a third-generation rancher, a living icon of the American West that some feel is fading like a desert sunset. Folks growing up in the Verde Valley may have seen Groseta on horseback, riding on his family’s ranch, located between Cottonwood and Camp Verde.
Bull shot and killed on K-State campus
Topeka Capital Journal
According to the K-State Police Department’s Facebook page, a bull was found to have been shot and killed on the campus’ Purebreed Beef Unit. According to K-State’s website, the unit raises almost 3,000 cows each year. The program provides students with breeding, feeding and management knowledge. Cattle raised in the program have also been used for cloning technology and DNA marker research.
Minerals subjected to winter and spring weather may shortchange your cow
Morning AG Clips
More than 75 percent of fetal growth occurs in the last trimester, due in part to the rapid growth of a calf’s tissues. For many beef producers the period of rapid development also coincides with extremely variable weather conditions that often include rain, wind, sleet and snow. These conditions not only put a drain on cows’ energy stores, but may also have adverse effects on the quality of your mineral sources, says Greg Eckerle, Ph.D., beef technical consultant with Purina Animal Nutrition.
Record carcass weights strain market weakness
There are too many heavy cattle yet to come to town—a bubble of excess tonnage forged by record-heavy carcass weights and decreasing currentness in marketing.
Winter Feed Math
Days are shorter and heat units waning, so in most areas, good growth days, even if we get some adequate rain, could be limited. That means that we need a plan for taking our livestock through the winter.