Daily Archives: December 22, 2016

Cold weather concerns

Cold weather concerns

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

A high percentage of the U.S. beef herd resides in areas of the country where moderately to extremely cold winter temperatures are common.

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Answers for Anaplasmosis

Answers for Anaplasmosis

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

I don’t know what area of the country you are in, but anaplaz, or anaplasmosis, is a common disease in many parts of the country, especially the Gulf Coast. And it seems to be expanding. This is caused by a small blood parasite that can destroy red blood cells, causing anemia and, in time, death. It’s transmitted by biting insects, especially ticks and horseflies. Humans can spread the disease through the use of contaminated needles and instruments used for castration or dehorning.

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It Is Time To Begin The Early Evening Feeding

It Is Time To Begin The Early Evening Feeding

Glenn Selk

Feedlot Magazine

It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality. Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the higher price of live calves at sale time. On most ranching operations, supervision of the first calf heifers will be best accomplished in daylight hours and the poorest observation takes place in the middle of the night.

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Monitoring nutrition key for cattle as winter sets in

Monitoring nutrition key for cattle as winter sets in

RYAN CROSSINGHAM

Farm and Ranch Guide

As the calendar approaches December and cattle producers prepare to manage their cattle over the winter, Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University Extension beef specialist, says monitoring nutrition is key, especially for cows entering their third trimester of pregnancy.

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How does cold stress affect the energy needs of cattle?

How does cold stress affect the energy needs of cattle?

Farm Forum

Most beef producers understand that when the weather gets colder their cattle need more energy for maintenance. So at what temperature do cattle actually begin experiencing cold stress and then how much more energy do they need?

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How to build a low-maintenance cowherd

How to build a low-maintenance cowherd

W. Mark Hilton

Beef Magazine

Throughout the past 33 years as a beef veterinarian, I’ve seen many examples of excellent management practices. While teaching at Purdue University, I often told students they would likely learn as much from their clients as they would from their professors. It is important to learn from progressive producers and share this knowledge with others who strive to do even better than they do today.

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BCI Adds Resources for Veterinary Feed Directive Changes

BCI Adds Resources for Veterinary Feed Directive Changes

Arthi Subramanian

Kansas State University

With a Jan. 1, 2017, deadline looming, veterinarians and producers now have more resources available to help them comply with the Veterinary Feed Directive being issued by the Food and Drug Administration. In response to increasing demand, the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University developed additional free educational modules to complement its original set of modules released earlier this year. The new modules are pertinent to separate sectors of the beef industry.

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