Preconditioned Calves Make Better Stockers
Many stocker operators are placing new calves onto wheat pasture, native grass and other forage or backgrounding facilities. They have a choice of buying calves fresh off their mamas, or those that have been through a good vaccination and preconditioning program. If you are in the group that is procuring stockers, here is a word to the wise from a regional stocker cattle specialist: “Do not underestimate the value of preconditioned calves.”
Managing cull cows following preg check
Minnesota Farm Guide
Cull cows are often considered a nuisance that must be dealt with as soon as possible. The misconception is that ranchers should not keep cull cows around because they are not producing a calf and therefore they are a cost to the outfit and should be unloaded as soon as possible.
Deadly cattle condition called fog fever returns to the Prairies
“Fog fever isn’t extremely common” said Nathan Erickson, a veterinarian and assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan. “Some of these old diseases, we start forgetting about them because we’ve managed our way out of them. Then we take for granted some of our management and we slip back into old habits.”
What bovine TB situation means for people with livestock
Showing cattle before 1984 meant paying for a vet to pull samples and test for bovine tuberculosis when moving animals to certain areas. Since Indiana was declared TB-free in 1984, that hasn’t been necessary, for the most part. With the recent incidence of TB in southeast Indiana, testing could become a cost of doing business again.
Cattle profitable when grazing prairie, cover crops, annual forages
Farm and Ranch Guide
The field day was not held at the headquarters ranch, where bulls and other cattle are penned during part of the year. Instead, producers and others interested, drove another few miles down to the heart of the ranch. Here, hoop buildings are set up for research projects, sunflowers and other crops are growing, and the cowherd was spotted from the distance munching on whole grazer corn at least 6-feet tall.
FDA’s next focus: Antibiotics without defined duration of use
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this week it is entering the next phase of its efforts to mitigate antimicrobial resistance by focusing for the first time on medically important antimicrobials (i.e., those important for treating human disease) used in animal feed or water that have at least one therapeutic indication without a defined duration of use.
Reducing stress at weaning
With fall right around the corner, it is time to look at weaning this year’s calf crop. This is always a time of stress for cows, calves, and the farmer. So looking at ways that we can reduce stress for all can play an important part in profitability and health of the herd. The main factors in developing a low stress system are to look for ways to limit the number of stress sources put on the cattle at one time.
Beef Checkoff battle heats up in federal court
The initial complaint alleges the government, represented by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is operating the Beef Checkoff in violation of the U.S. Constitution by compelling cattle producers to subsidize the private speech of private state beef councils, notably the Montana Beef Council. Members of R-CALF USA, the complaint alleges, object to the Montana Beef Council’s speech because it advocates that all beef is the same regardless of where or how it was produced.
Cull early and often to keep your cowherd productive
Culling cows and bulls eliminates undesirable animals from the herd and makes room for more productive animals to be added into a beef program. The best time of year to cull depends on the local environment and climate that a ranch is located in. Most cow-calf ranches operate on a spring calving program, selling their calf crop each fall.