Get cows and heifers ready for winter now
If cows and heifers aren’t there already, there is a short window to get them into a proper body condition for winter. If you have skinny or poor condition cows heading into winter, that December to March period is probably one of the toughest and most expensive times to try to get them back into condition, say researchers and ranchers alike.
Monitor for lice on beef, dairy cattle
As we head toward winter and more consistently cold temperatures, monitor beef and dairy cattle for possible lice infestations. Cattle lice thrive in cold weather and are spread by animal-to-animal contact. Symptoms of a lice infestation include hair loss, a general unthrifty appearance, constant rubbing on fences, equipment or other objects and leaving hair, constant tail twitching and licking/grooming.
Stocker sector makes beef industry engine hum
Although the stocker sector is the most nebulous part of U.S. beef production—who the producers and cattle are at a given point in time is a moving target—it’s easy to argue the sector serves as the fulcrum that makes current industry efficiency possible.
Mark Parker: The Top 10 things your urban grandkids do when they visit the farm
- Depending on their age, they are absolutely fascinated, or totally grossed out, by the dead possum in the yard.
New Treatments for Old Problems
Dr. Ken McMillan
A mild, controlled infection in the attachment sites of the placenta and the uterus may actually help the placenta release. Never try to pull the placenta out. Gravity will put gentle, constant pressure on the placenta. By pulling it, you may leave small parts attached; they will take longer to pass and are more likely to create a serious infection.
What’s in the Bunk
Tri State Livestock News
“The rain we received after a severely hot and dry spell prevented the crop from drying down at harvest and opened the plant up to opportunities for mold to develop,” said Connie Strunk, South Dakota State University (SDSU) plant pathology field specialist.
Be sure to check your corn silage for mycotoxins
Corn silage samples from across the entirety of the U.S. in 2017 have shown extremely high levels of mycotoxins, particularly deoxynivalenol (DON), type A trichothecenes (T-2), fusaric acid and fumonisin.