Veterinarian offers advice on handling complicated births.
Angus Beef Bulletin
A 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.
Forage Analysis: What Numbers Do I Need?
Cow Country News
One of the more common questions I receive with regard to analytical testing off or ages and other feedstuffs is, ”I have the sample, now what do I test for or what analysis package should I select?” The basic components that nutritionists need to evaluate a feedstuff or develop a ration are dry matter or moisture, crude protein, an estimate of the energy content of the feedstuff-Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN), Net Energy for Maintenance (NEm), Net Energy for gain (NEg), and the macro minerals, Calcium and Phosphorous.
Mud and how it leads to lameness
Melting snow and spring rains produce conditions that can increase lameness in beef cattle. Mud is among the predisposing causes for cattle lameness. Wetness decreases hoof hardness and increases the incidence of claw lesions. Research has shown that nearly one-third of the total water absorbed by the hoof happens during the first hour of exposure to high moisture resulting in heavier and softer hooves.
Mineral Supplementation: The Benefits You May Not See
Noble Research Institute
It’s no secret that good nutritional management is one of the mostvital contributions to a profitable herd. Within the realm of cattle nutrition, protein and energy tend to receive the most hype due to their direct relationships to growth performance and overall body condition. This hype is rightfully placed since the first step to a good nutrition program is to identify and meet protein and energy requirements. The second step involves the lesser-discussed dark horse of the ruminant nutrition world: minerals.
Spring Breeding on Fescue Pastures
Dr. Roy Burris
Most Kentucky beef producers have spring-calving cow herds that graze fescue pastures which have high endophyte levels. Getting a high percentage of cows bred in May, June, and July to calve in March, April, and May can be a challenge. I personally prefer fall-calving for that reason, but I also believe that we can have successful breeding performance in the spring.
What is a Lim-Flex?
Limousin are the ideal complement to British-based cattle. With Lim-Flex® hybrids, there are genetic options to fit every need, from fullblood and purebred Limousin to Lim-Flex hybrids. Breeders can offer a just-right shot of Limousin to meet the needs of any crossbreeding program.
Finding the ‘sweet spot’ when deworming
Deworming cattle is easy, often providing significant economic return for relatively little cost. Deworming cattle effectively and sustainably, though, is more complex than many believe. That has plenty to do with the apparent growing resistance of common internal cattle parasites to dewormers (anthelmintics).