Biosecurity and Bull Health
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Trichomoniasis, or "trich" as it is commonly called, is a sneaky, nasty venereal disease caused by a single-celled protozoan, Trichomonas foetus. It is carried by infected bulls and transmitted to cows during breeding. It causes infertility, reduced pregnancy rates, extended calving seasons and, in some cases, abortions.
Simple Yet Important Distinctions to Understand in Cattle Price Projections
Oklahoma Farm Report
“You could take the current cash market and apply a value of gain,” Tonsor said, using the September 28th Dodge City report as an example, comparing 5WT calves to 7WT calves, “and infer what the markets are paying them for the additional pounds. And if you do this, you’ll infer over a dollar per pound, on what the market says they want.”
Low-Stress Livestock Handling “Dance Steps”
We use the zigzag to generate movement from the rear, but how do we establish direction? To get animals to go in a particular direction we zigzag behind them at a 90 degree angle to the direction we want to go. In other words, a “T” to our target.
Parasite management impacts profits
Parasites, both internal and external, can drastically reduce the efficiency of an entire cattle herd. Oklahoma State University livestock entomologist Justin Talley presented producers at this year’s Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day with a few strategic parasite management practices that could dramatically increase their bottom lines.
Opportunities to purchase low-quality forage
Adele Harty and Ken Olson
This year, producers are getting creative in finding ways to cut costs without having a negative impact on production. The current market situation has producers wondering if they will reach their breakeven and what they can do to help improve that picture. One option is to evaluate your feeding program. The cost to feed a cow makes up the largest percentage of annual production costs. Therefore, finding cheaper ways to feed the cow herd may be the difference between breaking even and making a profit.
Could My Cow Have Cancer?
Michelle Arnold, DVM, JD Green, PhD
University of Kentucky
Malignant Lymphosarcoma is the most common neoplastic (cancerous) disease identified in cattle slaughtered in the United States and largest single reason cattle are condemned during postmortem inspection. A 2009 report sites malignant lymphosarcoma for 13.5% of beef cattle condemnations and 26.9% of dairy carcass condemnations. The bovine leukemia virus (BLV) initiates the cancer and this virus routinely spreads through contact with blood from an infected animal.
Are stockpiled forages your winter grazing insurance?
Heather Smith Thomas
Finding ways to stretch fall and winter feed, reducing the need for harvested hay, can lower beef producers’ costs. One method is to stockpile pastures, grazing them later in the season.