VFD Resources for My Show Animal
January 1st marked the effective start date of the veterinary feed directive (VFD) regulations. During the January 4th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar we heard from two great speakers on resources for show animals regarding these new VFD regulations. Bernie O’Rourke, University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, shared how Wisconsin prepared their youth exhibitor families with information on the VFD regulations. Rob Eirich, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator and Director of Beef Quality Assurance, reviewed some of the background to the regulation and provided additional resources.
Combined Animal Health Companies Step Out as One
Victoria G. Myers
As an expected record-setting crowd settled in for the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and trade show here this week, early interest focused on a massive merger in the animal health world between Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. and Merial culminated in a new company, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health (BIAH).
Moderation, profitability keys to bull selection
Bull buying is all about finding the perfect fit for an individual operation in terms of efficiency and overall profitability. At the 2017 Oklahoma State University Beef Cattle Conference in Dewey, Oklahoma, OSU professor Mark Johnson helped producers make sense of Expected Progeny Differences and the impact of bull selection on a cattle herd.
How to Body Condition Score Your Beef Herd
The body condition score of your cow herd is a much better indicator of the effectiveness of the nutrition program than body weight of the cows or average weight of the cow herd.
Rethink Receiving Programs
John Maday, Editor
When calves arrive in feedyards managers, crews and veterinarians have better vaccines, better treatments and more information on bovine respiratory disease (BRD) than ever before. And yet, BRD persists as the most economically damaging disease in beef production.
Basic lesson in buying bulls: Doing homework pays off big
Tri State Neighbor
It’s bull buying season, and selecting the right type of bull is critical for the long-term success of a producer’s herd. Carl Dahlen, NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist, said it’s important before entering the bull buying process for cattle producers to step back and examine what exactly it is that they need from their bulls.
Purchase Protein Supplements after Comparing Options on a Cost per Pound of Protein Basis
Protein supplements are designed to compensate for deficiencies in crude protein content of the base diet. The objective of a good supplementation program should be to supply the required amount of protein rather than a specific amount of supplement.