Watch for summer respiratory condition in calves
Western Livestock Journal
“Research has shown that pre-weaning calf pneumonia appears in about 20 percent of the herds in the country annually,” said Brad White, Kansas State University (K-State) veterinarian and director of the Beef Cattle Institute. “Of that 20 percent, there is a group that experience significant problems.”
Three Ways To Prevent Costly Injection-Site Lesions
Injection-site lesions are typically made of scar tissue that forms in the muscle or subcutaneous tissue following an injection. The lesions must be trimmed and discarded by processors, and the costs of trimming can be as much as $40 per head.
Social Distancing from the Flight Zone.
The goal for any cattle handler should be to balance efficiency with safety, aiming for continuous forward flow of the animals. Fortunately, cattle handling equipment has come a long way, making it so much easier to move animals without jeopardizing human safety and while putting less stress on the animals.
Managing and Selecting Recipients for Embryo Transfer Success
The primary use of embryo transfer (ET) in cattle has been to amplify reproductive rates of valuable females. Ideally ET can be used to enhance genetic improvement and increase marketing opportunities with purebred cattle. ET is especially useful with cattle because of their relatively low reproductive rate and long generation interval.
Valuing Bred Beef Heifers
Dr. Andrew Griffith
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Several weeks ago, there was a discussion on rules of thumb for valuing bred beef heifers. This led to a question this week about rules of thumb related to valuing bred cows and their appreciation and depreciation. There are no rules of thumb, but there was some research performed at Oklahoma State University that can be helpful in determining bred cow value. The study found several factors including animal age, weight, overall quality, stage of gestation, hide color, and time of year influence price.
Let’s define overgrazing correctly
Overgrazed is a term frequently used to describe an area where the forage has been degraded by overuse. I would suggest a more accurate and useful description. I say we should instead use the term overgrazed to refer to a plant that has had green leaf removed before said leaf has produced enough energy to replace itself.
Diet composition alters metabolizable energy calculations
In ruminant nutrition, metabolizable energy (ME) is calculated from digestible energy (DE) using a constant conversion factor of 0.82, but methane and urine energy losses vary across diets and dry matter intake (DMI) levels, suggesting that a static conversion factor fails to describe the biology, according to an article published recently in the Journal of Animal Science.
Think about fall residual height on pastures now
It may be tempting to leave animals out on pasture in the fall. The animals like it, and you decrease manure handling. But leaving pasture species with at least 4 inches of residual sward height (around the height of a can of vegetables) is vital for winter survival of desired species and spring production in 2021.
Begin stockpiling fescue mid-August
Stockpiling fescue saves time and money by reducing the need to feed hay. Fescue, the number one forage in Missouri and across the Fescue Belt, remains popular because of its persistence, resistance to insects and disease, and long growing season. Its waxy cuticle keeps its leaves green while growth slows after mid-October, making it the most suitable forage for stockpiling in Missouri.
Soybeans in silage: Making it possible and palatable
Soybeans can be harvested as a hay or silage crop. Soybean forage, similar to most legumes, tends to be high in protein and low in fiber (relative to grasses), making soybeans an excellent forage if harvested properly.