Driving Cows and Calves – How to Make Sure They Stay Together
The primary problem when driving pairs is cows and calves getting separated, which often leads to runbacks, or at least to very unhappy, stressed out cattle and people. But it needn’t be that way.
Base Supplement Decision on Data
Dr. Ken McMillan
Some forages do not have enough readily available nutrients to feed the rumen bugs. This is where tubs and liquid feeds come in. Most of these supplements contain energy and a combination of natural proteins and nonprotein nitrogen (NPN) or urea. Microorganisms in the rumen use this energy and natural protein to digest fiber in forages, turning it into carbohydrates or energy for growth.
An important health concern in young calves is navel ill which can lead to joint ill.
Dr. Bob Larson
Navel ill occurs shortly after birth when bacteria from the environment or skin are able to enter the calf through the navel and cause an infection or abscess in the umbilical (navel) area. If the infection gets into the blood stream and spreads throughout the body, joints in the legs are likely to become infected and the problem becomes “joint ill.”
Studying with Simmental
The Virginia Tech beef production program is made up of 30 purebred Simmental females, 200 commercial cows with a large Simmental influence, and purebred Hereford, Charolais, and Angus herds. With embryo transfer ET work, around 60 Simmental calves are born each year. The base for today’s herd was compiled by Eversole and Joines
3 scenarios that can make or break calf health
Morning AG Clips
A healthy heifer calf is born. You milked the dam, tested her colostrum and fed the calf a high-quality meal all within an hour of birth. But, let’s get real. Delivering colostrum to newborn calves doesn’t always go that smoothly. “As an industry, we’ve done a great job focusing on calving ease and getting calves on the ground in good shape,” says Dave Cook, Ph.D., technical calf consultant for Milk Products. “However, a management area we should focus our efforts to improve is day one calf care to help ensure calves achieve passive transfer.”
What we’ve learned about castration in beef cattle
When Canada’s 2013 Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle was being developed, some participants felt it should require pain control for castration at all ages, like the dairy code. The producers and researchers on the beef code committee were confident that pain control was beneficial for feedlot bulls and dairy calves but were concerned that there was no research showing whether nursing beef calves and individually housed dairy calves respond to castration or pain relief the same way.
The Beef on Animal Agriculture that’s Mostly Bull
Taylor C. Wallace
Let’s start at the beginning, with the cattle who deliver high-quality protein to humans. Cows are an extremely efficient species. Their unique stomachs can digest what humans and other animals cannot, including crushed canola seeds, orange peels, corn husks, grains used in fermenting beer, and other agricultural remnants that would otherwise pile up in a landfill.