Daily Archives: December 17, 2018

Target Your Feedlot Treatments

Target Your Feedlot Treatments

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Predicting disease risk in a group of cattle is relatively reliable for experienced backgrounders or cattle feeders. Predicting risk in individual animals however, presents a much greater challenge. But as the industry adopts new chute-side diagnostic tools, precisely targeted, evidence-based treatment decisions could reduce costs, improve animal health and advance antimicrobial stewardship.

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Genomic tools for crossbred cattle in the works

Genomic tools for crossbred cattle in the works

Piper Whelan

Canadian Cattlemen

Breed associations and other partners are already using this technology to increase the accuracy of Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs), which are predictions of an animal’s genetic value in producing progeny. Genomically enhanced EPDs are more reliable for selecting young animals with no offspring, providing a more accurate prediction of their progeny’s traits.

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NDSU feedlot school set for Jan. 23-24

NDSU feedlot school set for Jan. 23-24

Cattle producers, feeders, backgrounders, feed industry personnel and animal health-care suppliers can learn more about feedlot production, nutrition, waste management and marketing during the annual NDSU Feedlot School scheduled for Jan. 23-24, 2019, at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center.

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Alfalfa silage versus hay crop silage in the rumen

Alfalfa silage versus hay crop silage in the rumen

Wyatt Smith

Progressive Forage

Personally, I am a very visual learner. It is easy for me to “grasp” a concept when I can physically “grasp” it. With this in mind, I sought to create a visual aid to help explain the difference between pure alfalfa silage and hay crop (alfalfa-grass mix) silage using a method from Kurt Cotanch.

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Tips to Keeping Your Animals Healthy and Happy During Winter Months

Tips to Keeping Your Animals Healthy and Happy During Winter Months

Katie Ockert

Farms.com

Being prepared during cold, winter weather will help your livestock winter a little easier.

Winter has arrived in full force in Michigan. Cold temperatures can cause some challenges in our barns, but utilizing some easy techniques on your farm will help you manage your herd successfully during the winter months.

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Evaluation of two-stage weaning and trace mineral injection on receiving cattle growth performance and behavior

Evaluation of two-stage weaning and trace mineral injection on receiving cattle growth performance and behavior

Jordan C Rauch Rebecca S Stokes Daniel W Shike

Translational Animal Science

Most beef operations wean by abruptly separating the cow and calf, usually at a much younger age than in a natural or self-weaning situation (Hudson et al., 2010). The results of abrupt weaning are well documented and consistent, as cows and calves spend more time walking and vocalizing and less time resting or eating (Veissier and Le Neindre, 1989).

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Merck to Acquire Parent Company of Allflex, SCR

Merck to Acquire Parent Company of Allflex, SCR

Wyatt Bechtel

Drovers

The owners of Allflex ear tags and SCR dairy monitoring technology is being acquired by Merck. The acquisition of the Antelliq Group, formerly known as the Allflex Group, was made public on Dec. 14 in a joint press release by Merck and Antelliq. Properties of Antelliq will be wholly owned and separately operated subsidiary within the Merck Animal Health Division.

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