Daily Archives: October 25, 2018

Cow Nutrition Affects Herd Nutrition for Years

Cow Nutrition Affects Herd Nutrition for Years
Christine B. Navarre, DVM
Cattle Today
Proper cow nutrition affects calf performance, health and survivability more than any other factor. Problems are magnified in heifers if they are not properly supplemented. Here are some of the problems that can be encountered if cow nutrition is lacking during gestation of the calf.

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Windrow Grazing Cheaper Than Baling According to Research

Windrow Grazing Cheaper Than Baling According to Research

Feedlot Magazine
Allowing weaned calves to graze windrowed hay in the meadow costs half as much as baling that same hay and feeding it in the feedlot, University of Nebraska research shows. In either case, the expense of feeding these calves and selling them in February instead of December appears to pay off, said Richard Clark, farm management specialist at NU’s West Central Research and Extension Center.

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Remember these tips when baling corn residue

Remember these tips when baling corn residue

Jodi DeJong-Hughes

University of Minnesota

While corn residue is incorporated or left on the soil surface in most fields, some producers harvest the residue for use as livestock feed and bedding. How much crop residue removal is too much? Soil productivity will be reduced if all of the corn residue in a field is removed and other sources of carbon are not added. Below are important factors to consider when determining which fields and how much residue can be removed while maintaining soil organic matter levels.

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An animal health tale about us

An animal health tale about us

Larry Delver

Canadian Cattleman

October. The cattle come off the mountain pastures and the prairie grasslands into the corrals where the calves will be separated from their mothers. The lucky ones will stay on the farm or ranch as replacement breeding stock or be fed on the home place so the stress of weaning is minimal. Others will be trucked on contract direct to a feed yard where they will have to learn how to drink out of a waterer and feed out of a bunk. No more mother with warm milk and physical comfort but plenty of pacing, bawling and stress.

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Acorn Poisoning in Cattle

Acorn Poisoning in Cattle

Jeremy Powell

University of Arkansas

When forage is scarce, cattle will often search for alternative food sources. In Arkansas, where cattle are frequently grazed on pastures that may contain oak timber, the possibility exists for cattle to consume acorns. When cattle head to available timber ground and wooded lots around the farm in search of grazing or browsing during the fall, hungry cattle will frequently eat acorns dropped by oak trees. If these acorns are over­consumed, they have the potential for fatal poisoning.

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Down Corn: Problem or Opportunity for Cattle Producers?

Down Corn: Problem or Opportunity for Cattle Producers?

University of Nebraska

With the delayed harvest and the wind over the last few weeks a lot of corn ears are on the ground in the state. This means a lot of energy remains in corn fields, creating potential issues with founder/acidosis. Founder can have long-term consequences of reduced cow longevity.

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Now is a Great Time to Manage Fescue

Now is a Great Time to Manage Fescue

Chris Penrose

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

If fescue is a problem on your farm, now is a great time to get it under control. I think it is good to start off talking about why it is a problem, how did it get to be a problem, are there some redeeming qualities, and finally, how to get it under control if it is a problem.

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NOAA Forecasts Mild Winter for Much of the U.S.

NOAA Forecasts Mild Winter for Much of the U.S.

Northern AG

Winter is coming, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its predictions about what weather the season will likely bring. But it may not help to break out the snow shovels and heavy winter coats just yet. NOAA’s latest seasonal outlook, which covers December 2018 through February 2019, expects mostly warmer-than-normal weather this winter for the western two-thirds of the country, with no areas of the U.S. expected to see prevalent cooler-than-normal conditions.

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Coming soon – fewer buyers for your cattle if you are not BQA certified.

Coming soon – fewer buyers for your cattle if you are not BQA certified.

Dan Buskirk

Michigan State University

Marketing beef direct to processors or through many Michigan auction markets for full value will now require Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification. Common-sense husbandry techniques and scientific knowledge that demonstrate commitment to animal welfare, food safety and quality, safeguard the public image of the beef and dairy industries, and uphold consumer confidence in beef is conveyed in BQA.

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Prussic Acid and Nitrate Poisoning are Concerns After a Light Frost

Prussic Acid and Nitrate Poisoning are Concerns After a Light Frost

Glenn Selk

The Stock Exchange

t was discovered in the early 1900s that under certain conditions sorghums are capable of releasing hydrocyanic acid or commonly called prussic acid. Prussic acid when ingested by cattle, is quickly absorbed into the blood stream, and blocks the animal’s cells from utilizing oxygen. Thus the animal dies from asphyxiation at the cellular level.

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