Veterinary Feed Directive Questions and Answers
Rob Eirich, Matt Luebbe, Dee Griffin
University of Nebraska
When the VFD regulations go into effect, they will ONLY apply to antibiotics used in the feed! They will not affect other feed use medications such as; ionophores, coccidia, other parasite and insect control drugs, or reproductive control medications. VFD regulations will not apply to antibiotics used by injection, tablet, bolus or water.
Extreme weather, wet or dry, increases blackleg disease risk
Cattle producers never have a dull weather moment when you consider the blizzards, tornados, torrential rains and parching droughts that sweep across the mountains, plains and pastures of North America.
A marketing specialist shares seven steps for risk management
The market is going to do what it’s going to do. From a risk standpoint, we want to take what
the market will give us.” That’s the advice Tom Clark asks cattle producers to consider as they
devise a marketing and risk management plan. Clark is director of agricultural products for the Chicago-based CME Group, the world’s largest and most diverse derivatives exchange.
Economic Considerations for Building a Better Cow
Currently, the U.S. cowherd is in rebuilding mode. While more heifers are being held back cattlemen need to consider how to make their herd more profitable. The best way to do that might be improving the efficiency of your cows.
Forage Tests Help Companies and Producers
Rocky Lemus knows there are times when watching grass grow is incredibly exciting. Lemus, an associate professor of forage systems with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, is always plotting his next variety trial.
Bred Heifer Prices Trend Down
Victoria G. Myers
Eldon Cole said, frankly speaking, he did not expect it. The Extension livestock specialist for the University of Missouri was talking about the Show-Me-Select Heifer sale that took place November 20 at Joplin Regional Stockyards, bringing an average of nearly $2,500 per head.
Animal Ag Alliance Explains Why Antibiotics are Needed for Animal Health Care
Oklahoma Farm Report
One of the hotter topics animal agriculture has had to deal with in 2015 has been antibiotic use in animal production. Hannah Thompson of the Animal Ag Alliance said this is a challenging subject for most folks involved in livestock production.
Cover crops could boost year-round livestock grazing
Researchers are looking into how much moisture is used and/or conserved by summer cover crops and how those crops impact production of grasses and legumes consumed by livestock during the winter.
Test forages to meet cattle nutrition needs.
You can’t judge a book by its cover, and you can’t determine forage quality by a mere glance. Stella, Mo., Angus breeder Elsie Reynolds knows that firsthand.
Extra care can prevent silage mishaps, preserve quality feed, OSU educator says
Livestock producers need to take extra care when creating and maintaining stored silage piles to not only ensure they produce quality animal feed but also to lessen the risk of injury or even death from suffocation caused by an accidental silage avalanche.