Beef Roundtable: What to do with all that rained-on hay
Many beef producers across the country have been grateful for the rain that has blessed much of cattle country this summer. But in places, it’s been too much of a good thing, making it difficult to put up high-quality hay. So what can you do with all that low-quality, rained-on hay?
BEEF and Purdue University have joined forces to launch the Beef Roundtable, a monthly 15-minute video podcast that will feature some of the top leaders in the beef industry.
Cool- and Warm-Season Grasses Make for Better Pastures
Some grass species grow during cooler times of the year (various wheatgrass, needlegrass, bromegrass, bluegrass, orchard grass, fescue). These grasses are commonly called cool-season or C3 species and grow when temperatures are 40 to 75 degrees F.
Conjugation, and what it means for antimicrobial resistance in livestock
Bacteria can also share antimicrobial resistance with each other. In “transformation,” a resistant bacterium leaks copies of antimicrobial-resistance genes that are absorbed by a second bacterium, making it resistant, too. In “transduction,” bacterial viruses (phages) transfer copies of antimicrobial-resistance genes from one bacterium to another. In “conjugation,” two bacteria physically mate and share antimicrobial-resistance genes.
Resting Pastures Key to Long Term Range Management, OSU’s Ryan Reuter Explains
Oklahoma Farm Report
Oklahoma State University is looking at ways cow-calf producers can improve management of native range. At the beginning of the year, Ryan Reuter moved from The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to Oklahoma State University’s Animal Science Department. He became the Associate Professor of Range Beef Cattle Nutrition.
Fall To-Do List for Cow/Calf Producers
Once again the brisk fall air is here, which means most cow-calf producers are busy processing and tending to new weaned calves."While weaning time usually requires all hands on deck, we can also take advantage of this time to manage the cows before they are sent back out to pasture," said Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow-Calf Field Specialist.
What are the alternatives to antibiotic in feed?
The new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) comes into effect in December 2016, bringing all feed-grade antibiotics under vet supervision or prescription without the option of extra-label use. So, by this time next year, you and your veterinarian are going to need a health plan that complies with the VFD.
Identifying and Preventing Neosporosis in the Cow Herd
Kansas State University
An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent. Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations for the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, said the laboratory has confirmed a handful of cases this spring calving season in Kansas.