Supplementing Poor Quality Hay
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Forage can provide most of the nutritional requirements of a beef herd during the fall and winter months. The challenge becomes the management of supplemental energy and protein due to low quality hay. Several options available to the cow-calf producer for the management of forage and supplement are discussed here.
NCBA’s Ethan Lane Explains NCBA’s Game Plan to Engage USDA on Product of USA Labels
Oklahoma Farm Report
Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Ethan Lane, says that a special taskforce of cattlemen as well as NCBA staff have been studying the product of USA labeling issue for several months now, and they are ready to move forward, engaging the USDA to find solutions that will work for their producers. Lane says its an issue they have heard more and more about, “We’ve had some state affiliates that had this come up during their summer meetings and it does center around the use of ‘Product of the United States’ and similar labels on beef that goes on our store shelves.
Hair Loss on Cows, Calves
Dr. Ken McMillan
While flies are the most visible biting insects affecting livestock, biting gnats can also cause irritation. This condition is similar to dogs with flea allergy dermatitis. Some dogs have a hypersensitivity to the saliva in flea bites. These dogs will scratch and lose hair and can develop severely infected skin.
Hay pads mean no more mud
The idea of making a hay pad was brought to my attention almost 20 years ago by Jason Tower, a former Purdue University animal science graduate student and current manager of the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center.
Preparing for Fall through Winter Calving and Breeding
University of Georgia
Has the hay you plan to feed this winter been tested? If so, you have the tools necessary to help maintain appropriate body condition for your herd and better plan for those potential winter storms. If you haven’t tested your hay, that ~$30 will be money very well spent
Three Key Cattle Mineral Program “Abilities”
N.T. Cosby, Ph.D.
Your cattle mineral program should deliver results like healthy cattle and above average breeding rates. Doing that takes a certain kind of cattle mineral program. A good cattle mineral program will fuel cows to achieve herd goals. Getting cows bred in a timely manner and raising healthy calves are always top priorities in a cow/calf operation and quality cattle mineral is the cornerstone
New vaccine could stop spread of bovine TB
Cattle that are vaccinated with the BCG vaccine, which contains a harmless strain of the bovine TB pathogen Mycobacterium bovis, produce a positive PPD test for TB, making it impossible to distinguish — with the PPD skin test — if the animal has TB or has simply been vaccinated, the university explained. Vaccinating cows with BCG is, therefore, banned in most countries in the world, enabling veterinarians to continue to use the PPD skin test to diagnose the disease in cattle.