“Purple Gut” in Calves Can Cause Fatalities Overnight
Enterotoxemia, also called “overeating disease” or “purple gut,” can cause the death of a young calf in as few as 12 hours, with signs that are not detectable until it is often too late. One reason the disease is so devastating is that it can strike in an otherwise apparently healthy, well-managed herd.
Estrus Synchronization and the Breeding Season – Resources to Review for 2019
University of Nebraska
For most producers the spring breeding season is still a ways off, but now is a good time to review estrus synchronization protocols and develop a plan for this year. There are several Extension resources that can be helpful in preparing for the upcoming breeding season.
Don’t breed for the middle in calf value
Spring is on the horizon and will be here before we know it. There is talk of spring bull sales; calving is in full swing for many folks; and planning for the spring works has begun.
Here’s how attaining zero calf sickness is absolutely possible
W. Mark Hilton
Calf health begins at conception, where dam nutrition is of utmost importance. Shorting the cow nutritionally during any of the 283 days of gestation could negatively impact the developing fetus and make it more susceptible to disease after birth. The next critical time for the calf is at birth. A female in excellent body condition score (6.5 to 7 for heifers and 5.5 to 6 for cows) should deliver a calf quickly and without assistance.
Missouri cattle are still dying due to 2018 drought
Devils Lake Journal
It’s a good idea to check nitrate levels in what you’re feeding to cattle this year, as hay stunted by drought can have high enough levels to kill cows. Hay and corn stunted by the harsh drought of 2018 are killing Missouri cattle.
How Shortening Your Calving Intervals Impacts Profitability
When it comes to your cow herd’s reproductive performance, shortened calving intervals should be a proactive part of your management protocol. But, did you know that the fewer days you calve each year, the more profit potential you are looking to add back into your pocket book? There are several ways that shortening your calving period one or even two cycles can help impact profitability of your herd.
Study shows the value of age and source verification
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
The decision to enroll feeder cattle in a USDA Processed Verified Program for age and source verification can be based on historic value as well as possible future opportunity costs. The benefits of age and source verification ranges from access to foreign and domestic markets as well as disease traceability.