Timing Vaccination Against Scours
Jon Seeger, DVM
While spring calving seems a long way off, proper vaccine timing could begin yet this year if your herd calves early in the season. Prioritize scours prevention to protect the next calf crop. Scours is a potentially fatal infection spread through fecal matter that leaves young calves no desire to nurse, weak, dehydrated and with watery and discolored stools. Helping protect calves from scours is more than practicing good animal husbandry — healthy calves early in life have shown to be more productive later in life.
Tom Brady’s TB12 Method slams modern ag
In his book, weighing in at a whopping 3 pounds, Brady details how he’s stayed in shape, avoided injuries and maintained a healthy diet. Throughout the chapters, Brady shares his thoughts on what he calls “muscle pliability,” along with his perceptions of modern agriculture.
Setting heifers up to breed early has lifelong benefits
The Fence Post
With replacement heifer development costs averaging $1,000 for the heifer, $500 in costs from weaning to breeding and $500 in costs each year after that to retain a heifer, it is not cheap to develop replacement heifers. In fact, Andersen estimated each heifer to have a minimum value of $1,700-$1,800.
5 steps to winter farm prep
High Plains Journal
Winter brings frozen water buckets, mounds of snow, slippery ice and cold temperatures. These conditions can make it a challenging season for you and your animals. Before old man winter starts knocking on your door, take advantage of the remaining fall days to prepare your farm for winter’s chill.
Rotate, Diversify to Enrich Pastures
To build up healthy soil in their pastures, farmers should keep the cows moving and the forages changing, according to Sjoerd Duiker, a Penn State soil scientist. Rotational grazing and forage diversity are essential tools of pasture management, Duiker said as he led a pasture walk on Oct. 6 at the Eli Weaver farm in eastern Lancaster County.
Raising Grass-Fed Cattle for Better Beef – Homesteading and Livestock
Robert D. Copeland
Mother Earth News
For most of their species’ existence, cattle grazed on native, organic grasses. But in the past century, humans have introduced massive amounts of grain into cattle’s diets to fatten them up quicker, sell them at an earlier age, and mass-produce their beef. Fortunately, a few of us have enough grassland for cattle to graze on, which allows us to offer grass-fed beef. And just recently, I decided to go for it.
What we’ve done to reduce the need for antibiotics.
Ag on the Forefront
We use antibiotics as a tool, but we do so carefully. And over time, we make sure to improve using the latest technologies and medicines to give our cattle the best care.
Calving Book App streamlines herd management
Now, where did I leave that darned calving book? If you have cattle, you’ve certainly uttered those words at one time or another. Yet, in today digital world, there’s ample opportunity to shed the pages of the past and make herd management a whole lot easier.
Let’s define the “boom and bust” in grazing
- P. “Doc” Cooke
Boom-and-bust managed grazing as practiced by Ray Bannister of eastern Montana and R.P. Cooke of Tennessee’s Highland Rim is the management practice to eliminate booms and busts in production. When Bannister and I say “boom and bust grazing,” it is management based on complete plant recovery periods followed by severe grazing, which includes pressure on every plant.
Overgrazing and invasive species reduce profits
Southwestern Farm Press
Pastures that have been overgrazed or overstocked can not only reduce profitability in the long run, but also can drive livestock to forage on low nutrient plants, including poisonous varieties, putting cattle at risk and further creating barriers to profitability on the ranch.