Plan ahead for a successful calving season.
Heather Smith Thomas
As calving season gets closer, it’s time to start preparing — have everything on hand that might be needed and all facilities and equipment ready and functional. If you have a fertile herd with a short breeding/calving season, it’s been at least 10 months since last year’s calving; your mind and efforts have been on other tasks.
Remove Twine and Bale Wrap When Feeding Hay
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
While I have never diagnosed a problem where twine or bale wrap caused an issue in the digestive system, many others tell me they have. One of my best producers says he has had issues with Mylar helium balloons floating into their pastures and being eaten. If cows will eat these, I have no doubt they’ll eat twine and bale wrap.
University of Nebraska
As the above average fall temperatures give way to winter conditions cattle lice numbers will increase. Cattle lice are a cold season insect that thrives in very cold conditions. Populations are most noticeable during December, January, February, and decline during March when temperatures warm. Lice are transmitted by contact from one animal to another.
Cattle rancher Leroy Baldwin dies in Ocala
Carlos E. Medina
Ocala Star Banner
Leroy Baldwin, considered one of the best black Angus ranchers in the country, died on Friday in Ocala. He was 84. "He entered peacefully into God’s glorious presence surrounded by his wife and children," said Sharon Baldwin, his wife of 37 years. Baldwin was born in Ocala to a non-agricultural family, but soon became fascinated with cattle.
What is your ideal cow?
University of Illinois
One of the most popular questions I get asked is "What is your ideal cow?" This question always spurs quite the debate. Factors like breed, cow size, milking ability, and a long list of phenotypes are discussed. Comments like "We don’t want to go back to that kind of cattle" typically dominate the conversation.
Comparing MGA with CIDR for Estrus Synchrony in beef heifers
Tri State Livestock News
Progestin-based estrus synchronization protocols that utilize melengestrol acetate (MGA) or controlled internal drug release (CIDR) devices can be effectively used for synchronizing estrus in heifers. A study conducted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln compared these two protocols to one another utilizing artificial insemination (AI) along with natural service.
Optimize Immunity in Feedyard Arrivals
We often hear that cattle respond best to vaccinations when they are healthy, well-nourished and relatively free of physical and psychological stress. In fact, vaccine labels typically specify the product should be administered to healthy cattle, prior to exposure to disease.
Veterinary Feed Directive: What producers need to know for the new year
Farm and Dairy
“The biggest change is you’re not going to be able to go to your feed store and pick up (these medicated feeds). You’re going to have to work with a vet,” said Craig Zimmerly, DVM, County Road Veterinary Services, Apple Creek, Ohio.
Call Your Veterinarian Before It’s a Crisis
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Use your veterinarian as a herd health consultant rather than disaster cleanup. It is always beneficial to have a good working relationship with your veterinarian. Veterinarians can assist in herd health management strategies and preventative medicine, rather than just helping in emergencies.
City played a role in Old West cattle drives
Linda Riggs Mayfield
The Herald Whig
Actors like John Wayne and Gary Cooper made the legends of cowboys part of American folklore. Many Americans know about the Chisholm and the Loving-Goodnight trails — routes Texas cowboys followed to drive vast herds of cattle north to railroads and markets in Kansas after the Civil War. On a webpage titled "Cattle Folk 1850-1880s," the Bullock Texas State History Museum said, "From the 1860s to the late 1880s, cowboys herded over ten million cattle to market on the controlled chaos of a trail drive."