Passive immunity status and long-term health and performance of calves
You have heard the warning: “What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas!!!” Perhaps you have not heard: “What happens in the first 24 hours, impacts the rest of a calf’s life”! Veterinary scientists, while with the USDA experiment station at Clay Center, Nebraska, monitored health events and growth performance in a population of range beef calves in order to identify associations of production factors with baby calf passive immune status.
Feeders keep an eye on changing distillers content
Iowa Farmer Today
Al Robinson has been feeding cattle a long time and has transitioned from a corn and hay diet to a ration built largely on wet distillers grains. “It’s been a good change. We really like distillers,” he says. “It’s a good feed, it’s digestible, we have less trouble with bloat and acidosis and it’s a great feed to start calves on when they get to the feedlot.
Starting points to help apply new VFD rules
The driving force is the concern for antibiotic resistance associated with daily antibiotic use in animal feeds. Over a decade ago, the decision was made to move toward removing all antibiotic use in livestock that was associated with growth or feed efficiency – or long-term use, more than 21 consecutive days that allowed extended time for bacteria to develop resistance.
How low is too low when selecting low birth weight bulls?
The Cattle Business Weekly
An interesting question came up when a panel of seedstock producers took the stage during an open house at the University of Nebraska Gudmundsen Research facility in Whitman, Neb. A producer from the audience wanted to know if he selects bulls for lower birth weights, is he short-changing himself?
Living With Endophyte Infected Tall Fescue
The so-called ‘fescue belt’ has some of the highest beef cow concentrations anywhere in the US. That raises the question, if fescue is so bad, why are there so many cattle where it grows? The bottom line is fescue is only bad if you don’t know how to use it effectively. For those cattle producers who do know how to use it, having tall fescue is one of the first steps to being a low-cost cattle producer.
Genomics case study
During the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants conference, experts from Angus Genetics, Inc., the University of Missouri and Zoetis updated veterinarians on genomic technologies and the use of genomic information in beef-cattle selection. Jared Decker, PhD, an Assistant Professor and Beef Genetics Extension Specialist from the University of Missouri, presented a case study from the beef herd at the University’s Thompson Research Center.
Test forages to meet cattle nutrition needs.
Angus Beef Bulletin
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. A couple of years ago, she and husband Darrel decided to test some hay before purchasing it.
Struggling with Pessimism Over Beef Markets
This week at church one of my neighbors, Larry Layton, told me he’d sure like to see me write something positive about the cattle markets. The problem is that I’ve transitioned from my mid-year position of cautiously optimistic to … hopeful. I think that’s the best word I can come up with to describe my current state. Or possibly I’m guardedly pessimistic.
Seedstock business is thriving
Indeed, one of the big stories for 2015 is the increasing equity position of the seedstock sector, which has more than doubled its revenues in five years. Unfortunately for cattle feeders, while they enjoyed perhaps their best year ever in 2014, it was followed by a disastrous year in 2015, one which may go down as the worst year ever for cattle-feeding profitability.
Use DDG to Supplement Grazed Corn Residue
The cornstalks, leaves, husks and some intact ears left after harvest provide about 50 pounds of total residue for grazing beef cows per bushel of corn harvest. Only about 25% of that is useable feed due to weather degradation and cattle wastage.