How soon should you help a calving cow?
Heather Smith Thomas
The question on when to intervene or call a veterinarian after a cow or heifer goes into labor is never easy to answer, but it’s an important especially when a live calf is the end goal.
Vaccination Programs for the Cow Calf Operation
Cow Country News
Disease prevention is of utmost importance in a cow-calf operation because it is a low profit margin enterprise. Adequate nutrition, strategic deworming, sanitation and a well designed vaccination program are all necessary to maintain herd health.
Strategies for calving 85% of the Cow Herd in 30 Days
Adrienne Lulay and Clint Sexson
Utah Cattleman Seedstock Edition 2019
Many producers have different management scenarios to juggle as spring rapidly approaches. We are all calving cows, planning brandings, preparing to move pairs from winter pastures to Bureau of Land Management, Forest permits and mountain pasture and going to bull sales. There are so many decisions to be made. We need those bigger calves that walk the distance or weather the long haul to greener pastures and return as big strapping feeders to push down the scales in the fall.
An Overview of the Beef Quality Assurance Program
Frontline Beef Producer
With the beef industry continuously looking to improve everyday practices on the farm or ranch, it is important producers have the most up to date information and resources. This is where the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the beef checkoff, Producer Education team comes into play. The Producer Education team oversees two beef checkoff-funded programs, the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program and the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) research project. So what are these programs and how can they help producers succeed?
It’s Been Said That Increased Marbling is Good For All Sectors, Let’s Get a Packer’s View
Oklahoma Farm Report
It’s been said that increased marbling is good for all sectors, but what say those who work in the space where supply and demand meet? Sharply increasing quality grades? It’s not a new headline, but it’s a good problem to have, says one Kansas packer.
How are ranchers taking care of their cattle during winter storms?
Winter is tough on all of us – people, cattle, dogs, chickens, horses – every living thing is struggling to stay warm in this miserable, wet winter that doesn’t seem as if it will ever end (I’m not bitter, I swear). And while it may be easy to bring in your pets at night to make sure they don’t freeze, farmers and ranchers can’t feasibly bring an entire herd of cattle into the house.
Feeding Distillers Grains: Mathematics vs. Biology
How is it possible then that multiple recent research results suggest that animals fed reduced-fat DDGS have performed as well if not better than those fed full-fat DDGS? The fact is that as nutritionists we are excellent mathematicians, but sometimes poor biologists. The energy content of individual feeds estimated adding the caloric value of individual nutrients outside of the animal is somewhat misleading.
Optimizing immunity in every bite
Properly timed and administered vaccines are a key component of any cattle producer’s disease prevention program. But vaccines can’t do the job alone. Although vaccination programs have significant value in bolstering the animal’s defense system, immunoglobulin (IgG) antibody levels decrease over time, resulting in inconsistent protection levels.
Montana State to offer ranching systems degree
A new ranching systems degree that is expected to help sustain the agricultural heritage of the northern Great Plains and Intermountain West will be offered at Montana State University beginning this fall as part of a new umbrella program, the university said in an announcement.
Farmers, Ranchers Have Ways to Manage Stress
Piled-up stress can lead farmers and ranchers to develop physical or mental health issues, but they can take steps to reduce stress and create healthy ways to manage it, says a North Dakota State University Extension expert.