The Cost of Keeping One Open Cow Can Pay to Have the Herd Pregnancy Checked
Dr. Andrew Griffith
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Recently the topic of pregnancy checking was discussed. There are several producers who use palpation, ultrasound, or blood test to determine the pregnancy status of cows in the herd. However, there are more producers who use either the eye test or fail to pregnancy check at all.
This Hearst ranch has raised cattle since 1865. Now it also powers Apple’s headquarters
Apple has disrupted its fair share of industries over the years — but cattle ranching is usually not mentioned as one of them. Nonetheless, the historic Hearst cattle ranch (yes, the Hearsts of magazine fame) has become a hybrid solar farm for Apple, merging the world of tech with a centuries-old trade.
Successful Corn Silage Management Begins in Field, Continues in Storage
Corn silage can be an economical feedstuff for beef cattle operations, especially in times of drought. But those who utilize the feedstuff have a laundry list of items they need to consider in order to maximize their investment. Silage management entails both how the crop is chopped in the field and how it’s stored on the farm.
Cattle on feed at highest level since 1996
Western Farmer Stockman
Cattle and calves on feed for the U.S. slaughter market in feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.6 million head on June 1, 2018, which is 4% higher than June 1, 2017. This is the highest June 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.
Risk of Blue-Green Algae in Farm Ponds
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Cyanobacteria can look green or dark green, but can turn to a bluish tint or even reddish brown or gray. It looks like paint mixing with water. K-State beef veterinarian outlines some of the warning signs and preventative steps. The looming hot, summer weather and potential for lots of sunlight may bring with it a cause for concern among livestock producers.
Fake meat meeting planned
High Plains Journal
Recent developments in growing foods from animal cell cultures has led to much discussion among agricultural groups and government agencies. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has been preparing for an upcoming public meeting regarding fake meat.
Study finds economic impact of using antimicrobials in feedlots
Kansas State University agricultural economists and veterinary medicine faculty members have completed an analysis of the economic impact of treating groups of high-health risk animals with antimicrobials, and they think their findings will help inform public debate on the topic, according to an announcement.
Georgia farmer loses five cows after Trooper, Sheriff dispute
A Georgia farmer said he lost two mamas and three calves from heat and stress after a state trooper and a sheriff got into it over getting his 40-head of cattle loaded into another trailer.
How the Veterinary Lab Diagnoses Anthrax in a Beef Herd
Russ Daly and Marlene Braun
Anthrax is a serious disease of cattle that pops up somewhere almost every year in South Dakota. It’s caused by a bacteria that survives as a very tough spore form in the soil. Cattle encounter the bacteria (Bacillus anthracis) when they graze close to the ground or when spores have been washed up on grass from previous pasture flooding.
Anthrax confirmed in two South Dakota cattle herds
A disease deadly to cattle has been detected in Clark County. So far, eight unvaccinated cows have died in a herd of 87. This is one of two confirmed anthrax cases in South Dakota. The other is in Bon Homme County, and local vets and ranchers are concerned.