Producers Benefit From Year-Round Herd Health Program
Many times a producer does not consider or appreciate the value of a good year-round herd health program until confronted with a difficult calving season or an unacceptable level of calf loss from health challenges.
Use small grain stubble fields to boost forage supply
Iowa Farmer Today
One of the many benefits of incorporating small grains into the crop rotation is the ability to get a forage cover crop established, which is a great way for beef and dairy producers to add value to their crop fields by extending the grazing window or adding to the forage supply, say Jared Goplen and Eric Mousel with the University of Minnesota.
Fall grazing offers opportunities and challenges for cattle
Farm & Ranch Guide
After a summer of drought in North Dakota, pastures have been used heavily and cattle producers are looking for forage options to get them through the fall.
Hair Loss in the Herd
Dr. Ken McMillan
A skin biopsy is the only way to get a definitive reason for hair loss in the herd, but most likely it’s caused by something more common than you’d think.
Pennsylvanians bring hay to Montana after devastating drought and fire season
Five truckloads of hay were being unloaded in Miles City on Monday after a nearly 1,600-mile journey last weekend from Eau Clair, Pennsylvania.
Forage digestibility and nutrition in ruminants
Forage is the foundation for all cattle and equine diets. The digestive systems in ruminants such as cattle, goats, deer and elk and the hindgut-fermenting species such as horses, elephants and rodents, all digest forages through a process called fermentation.
Fall Pasture and Grazing Management
Jessica A. Williamson
Fall pasture growth often provides additional opportunity for grazing livestock; however, careful management of pastures is essential for the over-wintering of forages and improvement into the next growing season. A dry end to our summer has stunted fall pasture regrowth dramatically, but as rains begin to increase in frequency in most regions, fall grazing is beginning to look a little more promising, but could be detrimental to your forage stand if not managed carefully.
Vet Mike Apley Says Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture is a Matter of Judicious Use vs. Stewardship
Oklahoma Farm Report
In recent years, the threat of bacterial resistance to antibiotic treatments, has prompted concerns not only in the human health sector, but also over the use of antibiotics in livestock production as a contributor to the issue. Hence, the recent enforcement of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) that now governs antibiotic use in production agriculture.
Parasite Control: Kill most, protect some
Drug resistance in parasites, like the worms themselves, can progress unnoticed, until the damage is done. Today, with resistance becoming more common, veterinarians and parasitologists are sounding the alarm, saying we’re reaching a tipping point, where changing practices can preserve the efficacy of existing products, but inaction could allow multi-drug resistance to become the norm.