4 producers share their newborn calf care protocols
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?
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!
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.
After the storm
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.
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.
Beef operations monitor cattle health when temperatures vary
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.
Cattle and Cover Crops Collaborate to Improve Farm Fields
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.
Keys to managing animal health risk in indoor, confined feedlots
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.
Oklahoma ranchers raise uniquely colored, textured cattle
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.
Cattle handling is focus of health conference
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.