Five pretty easy ways to prevent calf health problems
Minnesota Farm Guide
Over the last several years I have made a big fuss over all of the calf health problems that we seem to have here in Minnesota. I realize that Minnesota’s climate makes it a very unpleasant place to live; and it is unpleasant for cows too. Although there are many different agents and pathways that cause calf health problems, by far and away viral calf scours is the number one culprit of calf death loss and performance lag in the annual Minnesota calf crop.
Reproductive Losses in Beef Cattle: Diagnosing the Cause
Reproductive losses account for $1 billion dollars in lost revenue to the beef industry each year. All the way from conception to birth, we depend on a lot of things to go right, whether we are talking about natural or artificial breeding programs. Nevertheless, reproductive failure whether presented as early or late term abortions (miscarriages) result in those animals never being born and having a stark effect on the operation’s bottom line.
Veterinarian offers advice on dealing with complicated births.
Angus Beef Business Extra
A cow-calf operation’s ultimate goal is a live calf, but it’s also crucial to save the cow or heifer if there is an issue. Kansas State University Extension Beef Veterinarian and Assistant Professor AJ Tarpoff explains several malpresentations and offers tips on how to correct them.
Disease disaster response is a Kansas priority
Infectious diseases represent significant animal welfare and export market concerns and the Kansas Department of Agriculture makes investigating disease reports a top priority. During the 2019 Women in Agriculture meeting in Parsons, Kansas, KDA assistant animal health commissioner Andy Hawkins spoke about significant disease protocols. Hawkins encouraged producers to report clinical signs for any diseases included on the state’s reportable disease list.
No Cost, Big Impact Tool for Cattle Producers
Victoria G. Myers
One simple tool can help any cattle producer make good nutritional decisions, sort animals correctly and even predict reproductive success. Known simply as “BCS,” it’s a technique of assigning a body condition score to every cow in the herd and managing her based on that score.
Bull Buying Tips
Dr. Darrh Bullock
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
We are rapidly approaching bull buying season in Kentucky so there are few basics I would like to share. The genetics in the bull you are buying now will have a huge impact on your herd immediately and could linger for years to come if you keep replacements from him. For this reason it is important to get this decision right.
Consumers are Driving Packer Changes
F&R Livestock Resource
Ultimately, consumers determine what enters and exits the harvest facilities of the nation’s largest meat packers. Consumer demand determines which meats they’ll consume in terms of quantity and price, or if they’ll consume meat at all.