Daily Archives: January 27, 2016

4 producers share their newborn calf care protocols

4 producers share their newborn calf care protocols

Bobbi Brockmann

Progressive Cattleman

What does your newborn calf protocol look like? How has it evolved over time? What circumstances require extra attention for your calves? What tips would you give other producers?

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Making a Positive Genetic Impact on Your Herd

Making a Positive Genetic Impact on Your Herd

A Steak in Genomics

Technology in the beef industry is constantly improving, which can make it hard to keep up. Plus, we want to ensure that we are using all of the available practices to produce beef in a profitable, efficient, and conscientious manner. With this in mind, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association hosts an annual webinar series, and this year I am excited to be involved!

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Calf With Pinkeye?

Calf With Pinkeye?

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

There are a lot of reasons a newborn calf could have a cloudy eye, other than pinkeye.

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After the storm

After the storm

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

The winter storm “Goliath” that swept across the Southern Plains in late December killed, by some estimates, as many as 40,000 dairy cattle and 13,000 beef cattle, with thousands more missing in the weeks following the storm. As of mid-January, total death-loss numbers remained unclear.

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Animal Ag Alliance Explains Why Antibiotics are Needed for Animal Health Care

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.

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Beef operations monitor cattle health when temperatures vary

Beef operations monitor cattle health when temperatures vary

Andrea Johnson

Minnesota Farm Guide

Minnesota beef producers waited for some stability in temperatures to help cattle stay healthy. Temperatures in mid-January ranged from -8 to 40 degrees F, creating an environment where cattle respiratory systems were vulnerable in the outside lots.

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Cattle and Cover Crops Collaborate to Improve Farm Fields

Cattle and Cover Crops Collaborate to Improve Farm Fields

Wyatt Bechtel

AgWeb

Cover crops don’t just improve the performance of crop fields; they also make excellent forage for cattle. Nancy Peterson, a veterinarian and co-owner/general manager of Plum Thicket Farms in northwest Nebraska, shared her experience grazing cover crops and annual forages during the Range Beef Cow Symposium last November in Loveland, Colo.

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Keys to managing animal health risk in indoor, confined feedlots

Keys to managing animal health risk in indoor, confined feedlots

Beef Producer

Indoor, confined feedlots maintain efficient growth and feed conversion in northern climates, especially in areas with heavy rain and snowfall. The feedlots control manure runoff better, which is important in the Great Lakes watershed.

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Oklahoma ranchers raise uniquely colored, textured cattle

Oklahoma ranchers raise uniquely colored, textured cattle

Mark Potter

WRAL

Chris and Claire Johnson are raising a herd of uniquely colored and textured cattle at their Buffalo Dream Ranch in far northwestern Comanche County near the western boundary of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

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Cattle handling is focus of health conference

Cattle handling is focus of health conference

SWVA Today

For several years the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has hosted the annual Beef Cattle Health Conference during the month of January. The conference is always a helpful mix of lecture and hands-on learning opportunities and this year promises more of the same.

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