Daily Archives: March 12, 2019

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Hunter’s Son

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Hunter’s Son

This is the poem of the hunter’s son as he tracks the woods alone

            And the beaver’s revenge when he seeks to avenge the hunter’s gauntlet thrown

            By choosing to pair with a grizzly bear, big, nasty and fully grown.

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Calf Scour Management

Calf Scour Management

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Calf scours can cause a large financial loss to cow-calf producers. With scours, the intestine fails to absorb fluids and/or secretion, and the material is passed into the small and large intestines. These higher fluid levels in the manure result in a watery discharge. Death loss can be upwards of 50% or more in severe episodes.

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Score And Cull Cows

Score And Cull Cows

Dr. Ken McMillan

Teat and udder quality is a major problem. It is a Top 4 reason for culling cows. The Beef Improvement Federation has a teat and udder scoring system to help producers make culling decisions (). In addition, the Hereford breed has developed expected progeny difference (EPD) scores for udder suspension and teat size.

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Winter Calving Requires Diligence

Winter Calving Requires Diligence

Gerald Stokka


Winter calving can lead to health risks for the newborns, North Dakota State University Extension livestock specialists caution. This winter’s heavy snowfall and dangerous wind chills have created calving conditions that are difficult to manage and put the ears, feet and life of newborn calves at risk. However, calving indoors also has its drawbacks.

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Preventing Grass Tetany In Cattle

Preventing Grass Tetany In Cattle

Southern States

As the days start to get longer and spring nears, it’s time to start guarding your herd against grass tetany.  Most frequently occurring in the spring, grass tetany incidents often follow a cool period (45-60°F) when grass is growing rapidly.  Early grass growth may be high in potassium and low in magnesium.  This excess potassium can interfere with magnesium absorption in cattle resulting in tetany.

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The health and well-being of animals comes first on the farm

The health and well-being of animals comes first on the farm

Marytina Lawrence


I was thinking about the health craze that has swept our society over the past few years the other day and the revolution that has taken place in the mind of consumers. In the world of today, many think about the origin of their food prior to purchase more than ever before.

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Tips on giving cattle injections

Tips on giving cattle injections


If you’re giving injections to your beef cattle, sometimes the needles can break or separate from the syringe and remain in the cattle. This is pretty rare, but it does happen. So this morning we’re addressing the consumer safety should the compromised animal enter the food chain. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Overton has some tips and best management practices to avoid broken needles.

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Does Cold Weather Contribute to Pneumonia in Calves?

Does Cold Weather Contribute to Pneumonia in Calves?

Russ Daly


Prolonged winter cold has some fairly obvious effects on cattle of all ages. Cattle producers calving early on the northern plains are familiar with frostbite that nips ear margins and tail tips in baby calves, but all cattle are affected by the increased nutritional demands inflicted by prolonged cold temperatures. When the outside temperature drops below an animal’s thermoneutral temperature, increased energy in the diet is necessary.

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Sorry, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but “farting cows” aren’t the problem

Sorry, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but “farting cows” aren’t the problem

Sam Bloch

New Food Economy

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the legislator behind the Green New Deal, wants to take away our hamburgers. At least, that’s what a vocal group of Republican politicians would have you believe.

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Mud and what to do about it

Mud and what to do about it

Chad Hale

Progressive Forage

In years like this, normal plans for dealing with mud may not be enough. For instance, I recently had a beef producer from southern Illinois tell me he had moved cattle to the ridges in November, which is his last line of defense. In years past, getting cattle out of the muddy bottomland has solved the problem. But this year, they are making a muddy mess of the high ground too. He doesn’t dare put cattle in the bottom ground at this point, so he is out of places to go.

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