Nutrition’s role in hoof health
Late winter and early spring typically involve wet, muddy ground, which can be particularly problematic for hooves. From foot rot to cracking, poor hoof health can take a real toll on livestock, regardless of the species. Wet seasonal conditions weaken and soften hooves, making them more vulnerable to injury and bacteria.
Considerations for making a profit with stocker cattle
The Southeast is home to more than 7.3 million beef cows (USDA 2018) and likely marketed more than 4.6 million feeder calves in 2018. The cow-calf industry in this region provides an opportunity for stocker and backgrounding operations to co-exist. Tight margins place these enterprises at higher risk, and finding mechanisms to add value is essential.
‘It’s Probably Over for Us’: Record Flooding Pummels Midwest When Farmers Can Least Afford It
Mitch Smith, Jack Healy and Timothy Williams
New York Times
The record floods that have pummeled the Midwest are inflicting a devastating toll on farmers and ranchers at a moment when they can least afford it, raising fears that this natural disaster will become a breaking point for farms weighed down by falling incomes, rising bankruptcies and the fallout from President Trump’s trade policies.