Daily Archives: July 30, 2019

Baxter Black, DVM: Talking Dirty

Baxter Black, DVM:  Talking Dirty

In this column I have often mentioned scours, abscesses, big tits, bad bags, cancer eyes, foot rot, slurry pits, afterbirth, retained placenta, castration, heat cycles, sheep pellets and snotty noses.

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Calving Season Countdown

Calving Season Countdown

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

As calving season nears, most producers have a list they carry in their heads of those items they need to have on hand. Common things like colostrum, plastic sleeves, calf-feeding bottles and calf pullers are always top of mind. What about forages? That’s what veterinarian Mary Ellen Hicks says she’s thinking about.

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Nebraska rancher’s solar system could offer power for grid, shade for cattle

Nebraska rancher’s solar system could offer power for grid, shade for cattle

Karen Uhlenhuth

The Cattle Business Weekly

A federal grant is helping the farming entrepreneur devise a shading system for cattle that incorporates solar panels. Solar panels are already a common sight on hog and poultry confinement barns in the Midwest. They could be coming soon to cattle feedlots as well.

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Planning for Winter 2020 Cow Herd Feeding

Planning for Winter 2020 Cow Herd Feeding

Francis L. Fluharty

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Poor quality long stem forages, reduced forage supplies, and increased feed and supplementation costs all demand that we look at nutrition management even more closely this year! The spring and summer of 2019 have set records for rainfall throughout much of the United States, having negative impacts on corn planting and hay production. In addition, areas of the southeast have been exceptionally dry, and hay production has been limited.

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Unusual weather pattern may influence leptospirosis

Unusual weather pattern may influence leptospirosis


From early embryonic deaths to lower pregnancy rates, stillbirths, abortions and even weakened calves, Leptospira hardjo-bovis affects all stages of beef cattle reproduction. With these reproductive inefficiencies and minimal clinical signs, the presence of leptospirosis can quickly affect herd profitability, according to Boehringer Ingelheim.

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Reproduction and Health Concerns in Different Environments

Reproduction and Health Concerns in Different Environments

Dr. Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Different environments determine the type and abundance of forage, the extent of heat or cold stress, the occurrence of certain insect pests, and the presence of toxic plants. These environmental differences create diverse health concerns and reproductive strategies for herds.

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Flexibility making stocker cattle more popular

Flexibility making stocker cattle more popular

Teresa Clark

The Fence Post

Is there opportunity in backgrounding cattle? Can money be made? These were just two of the questions addressed by a Breedlove professor of Agribusiness and Extension Livestock Marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, during a recent stocker calf meeting in Nebraska.

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