Early Calf Health Leads to Later Calf Health
If a calf does well early – even before he’s born – he tends to do well later. Mark Hilton, beef cattle technical services veterinarian for Elanco, says that if a calf doesn’t get adequate colostrum in the first day of life, he’s three times as likely to get BRD (bovine respiratory disease) in the feedlot a year later.
What does a half a million more cows mean?
As many industry participants had expected, the 2018 USDA Cattle report showed that this year began with more beef cows than the year before. The increase of just over 500,000 head pushed the total U.S. beef cow inventory to about 31.7 million on Jan. 1.
Drought-stricken Texans turn to cows to save their farms
How does a cattle farmer from Texas withstand a drought? In the summer of 2011 as oppressive heat and drought hit Texas, grasses were dying and cows were running out of food to eat. To save their cattle, ranchers were forced to truck their cows to fields of healthy grass.