Consider Pros and Cons Before Creep Feeding
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Creep feeding of calves while still on the cow has been a management tool used for years by the cow-calf producer. The value and profitability of this practice has been long debated as well.
Though uncommon, pneumonia can affect adult cows
Gabe Middleton, DVM
Pneumonia is fairly uncommon in adult dairy cows due, in part, to adequate ventilation in facilities, vaccination protocols and the more competent immune function of adult cows versus calves. There are, however, some scenarios where pneumonia can become a serious problem in adult cows.
Dr. Joe Paschal Talks Tips for Choosing the Right Cattle Breed for Your Operation
Oklahoma Farm Report
Environment, production practices and goals all play into one of the most-asked questions in ranching: “What breed of cattle should I raise? Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist Dr. Joe Paschal talked about the options – ranging from the purebred business to commercial crossbred cattle – during the TSCRA Convention’s School for Successful Ranching last month.
Post-breeding nutrition: Monitor feed to improve heifer preg rates
The Cattle Business Weekly
Heifer breeding season is fast approaching. Achieving a desirable pregnancy rate in replacement heifers is contingent upon many things, but it all begins with nutrition. The majority of articles discussing heifer nutrition focus on the pre-breeding phase and address the desired body weight and condition at breeding.
Efficiency Starts at Home
With 750 cows to take care of, Rodney Walker, of Delta, Alabama, needs to save time and labor any way possible. Walker’s time-saving plan begins the day a calf is born.
Designing a trichomoniasis control plan
Dr. Bob Larson
Trichomoniasis (trich) is a highly contagious disease that can cause cows to abort an early pregnancy when the organism is passed from infected bulls to cows during mating. This disease is very important to the cattle industry because infected herds experience very severe losses — commonly up to a 30% to 50% reduction in the number of cows calving.
Legume bloat problems killing cattle in southwest Missouri
There has been an unusually high number of bloat problems among cattle in southwest Missouri over the last two or three weeks. According to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, several cattle deaths have occurred.
Washy pastures need supplemented with dry matter, fiber, and energy.
University of Illinois
During the winter season most cattle are supplemented with dry forages, grains, and co-products. This ration is balanced and delivered to cattle. Then spring comes along and cattle are put out to grass.
Farmers take first look at Trump v. Clinton
Who does farm country favor? The latest Farm Journal Pulse wanted to know. More than 2,000 farmers weighed in on the hot-button issue with the highest Pulse response rate to-date. The results have Trump winning in a landslide, but the data reveals some other interesting insights.
‘Slobbers’ alert issued by MU for pastures with excess clover
University of Missouri
Legumes make good additions to livestock pastures, up to a point. Too much can cause “slobbers.” “So far this has been a white clover spring; that can bring problems,” says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. When livestock, especially horses, eat too much of the small legume it brings on excessive saliva.