Special agent offers tips to prevent livestock theft.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
The count is off. You’ve just checked the cows and the count is off by two or three. You decide to wait till morning to see if they turn up. The next morning comes, but still no cows. You don’t find any dead cattle. You ask your neighbors if they’ve seen them in their pastures. Another few days go by as they check their own cattle and look out for yours. Still nothing. It’s now been about a week and you start to think, “Well, maybe someone took them. I should call the police.” By now, the cattle have already been sold and any evidence of the outlaws is probably gone.
Corn silage vomitoxin is complicated
Hay and Forage Grower
Discussions and experiences related to vomitoxin, which is also referred to as DON, in corn silage continues to perplex both livestock producers and researchers. Although there are more potent mycotoxins than DON, none are more common in regions of the U.S. where corn silage is widely grown.
How Much Winter Feed/Forage Do I Need?
I often talk about taking inventory of winter feedstuff. I’m primarily measuring dry matter, e.g. hay, pasture, stockpile, crop residue, and grazeable annuals still left. Fall rains certainly helped to green things up and provide some new growth, but that won’t last much longer and real growth is about done and dormancy of perennials is not far off. Three or four nights in a row in the 20’s is usually enough to stop and/or kill top growth and force dormancy.
Considerations in BRD antibiotic choice
When it comes to the treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD), antibiotic selection has always been an important decision. That’s because BRD moves fast, and its damage can be permanent.
Stirring the Pot at Weaning
Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
The many challenges facing the beef industry today sometimes can seem a bit overwhelming. Issues such as lab grown meat, trade negotiations, genomics, antibiotic utilization, sustainability, and so many other issues are thrown into the stone soup of beef production. At some point you have to wonder when will the soup be spoiled by so many spices. The best thing you can do is be familiar with the components you are adding. This means we need to be as informed as we possibly can about our industry’s driving forces.
How farmers prep for severe weather
Bread, batteries and bottled water vanish from supermarket shelves; lines snake around gas stations as people top off their tanks; and plywood covers windows. This is what many do when a severe storm is on the way. But how do farmers prepare for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires and other extreme weather events?
Preventing Scours at Calving Time
Calving time and scours. For many producers it seems the two go hand-in-hand. In a perfect world, producers would have ample calving space they could rotate to weekly with fresh, clean bedding in a protected environment away from Mother Nature’s wrath. That does sound good, the reality is most cow-calf operations don’t have that much space and use the same calving area for a 90-day period where they have shelter for the cows and their new babies.
Balanced approach to vaccine safety, efficacy
High Plains Journal
You want a cattle vaccine that’s both safe and effective, but sometimes you have to choose which of those ideals gets the upper hand. That’s according to Paul Walz, the Auburn University veterinarian who spoke at the Feeding Quality Forum late this summer in Sioux City, Iowa.
Genes that could lead to improvement of beef cattle are identified
Beef cattle improvement programs have focused for decades on promoting the rapid growth of calves. Now, the goal is to improve other traits, such as meat tenderness or ribeye muscle area.
Don’t overlook pricing opportunities in this fall Feeder Cattle futures
October and early November usually mark the peak marketing season for the beef industry. It’s the month where most cow-calf producers are busy weaning calves, preg-checking cows and shipping the calf crop. Those calves go numerous directions, including stocker and backgrounding operations or wheat pasture.