Daily Archives: February 14, 2018

Mark Parker:  Top 10 farmer’s famous last words

Mark Parker:  Top 10 farmer’s famous last words

FarmTalk

  1. Leave the gate open—the cows won’t bother it.

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Calving and Handling Calving Difficulties – A Review

Calving and Handling Calving Difficulties – A Review

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

The process of birth for a calf and the first few hours after the calf is born is a critical time that is foundational to a calf for success or failure later in life. Calf losses in the beef cattle industry frequently occur due to calving difficulty. Stress on the calf due to calving difficulty leads to an increased likelihood of sickness and death loss later in life. Calves experiencing difficulty at calving tend to have a harder time maintaining a normal body temperature after they are born and also have a diminished ability to absorb antibodies from colostrum.

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From calf to calf, minerals help you get there

From calf to calf, minerals help you get there

Kathleen Shore, Kristin Thompson

Canadian Cattleman

Minerals are an essential part of a nutritionally balanced diet for beef cows. Unfortunately they are also a part of the diet that is overlooked due to the small inclusion rate. Those small inclusions are necessary to keep a cow running efficiently, making her capable of producing healthy, lively calves.

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Unpredictable Spring Weather Causes Spike in Blackleg Disease

Unpredictable Spring Weather Causes Spike in Blackleg Disease

Bovine Veterinarian

Springtime signals the arrival of new calves, green grass and new growth. But with any new season, it can also indicate the arrival of unpredictable weather patterns, including rain, drought and blizzards. Unpredictable weather presents plenty of challenges to cattle producers, including an increased risk of clostridial diseases such as blackleg and enterotoxemia, or over-eating disease, in calves and young stock.

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Factors to consider when deciding on a calving-time vaccine protocol

Factors to consider when deciding on a calving-time vaccine protocol

Maria Tibbetts

Tri State Livestock News

From scours to pinkeye, overeating disease to pasturella, cattle producers are faced with a lot of options regarding preventative medicine for their cattle. When it comes to prenatal vaccines and vaccines for very young calves, it’s important to make sure the resources are being spent where they will be most effective.

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Demand More When Buying a Herd Sire

Demand More When Buying a Herd Sire

John F. Grimes

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Bull buying season is well underway throughout the cow-calf regions across the country. If your calving season starts in January, you may have already made your herd sire selections for this year’s breeding season. If your calving season starts a bit later, you may be in the midst of making herd sire selections.

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When and How to Prepare a Farm Balance Sheet

When and How to Prepare a Farm Balance Sheet

Dan Childs

Noble Research Institute

The balance sheet is a document that lists the value of all assets owned and all liabilities owed by an entity at a particular point in time. It is also referred to as a financial statement, a statement of equity and a net worth statement. Preparing a balance sheet is a standard operating procedure for many businesses, including farms and ranches. It can also be useful for an individual or family who gets in the habit of preparing it on a regular basis.

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