Re-warming methods for severely cold-stressed newborn calves
The extreme cold and snowy weather has arrived at a very unfortunate time for spring calving cow herds. Cows and heifers are beginning the calving season and some newborn calves are certain to be cold stressed after arrival. Getting those cold stressed calves back to normal body temperatures as soon as possible will save the lives of some calves and increase the vigor of others.
Early-season calves show heavier weaning weights
A little record keeping upfront when calves are born can determine the productivity of a cattle herd. According to University of Missouri Extension veterinary Craig Payne, evaluating a calving distribution provides insight into the reproductive performance of a cattle producer’s herd.
Cold Weather Cows Publication
Iowa Beef Center
While cold stress cannot be completely eliminated for cattle housed in typical outdoor facilities in the Midwest, a new publication from Iowa Beef Center describes management practices to reduce the impact of cold stress on your herd. Iowa State University extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell is one of the authors. He said being prepared and knowing how to deal with extreme cold situations is vital.
Antimicrobial stewardship a vital element of livestock operations
Oklahoma State University
Every livestock producer’s to-do list for February should include an in-depth review of his or her operation’s antimicrobial stewardship program, according to Oklahoma State University Extension recommendations.
U of M Extension to host Beef Calving Essentials Webinar Series
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota Extension is excited to host a six part webinar series titled: Beef Calving Essentials Webinar Series. Upcoming Zoom meetings will be held on February 15, 18, 22, and 25 from 8-9 p.m. CST. The series will focus on different considerations to prepare for calving on beef cattle operations. Farmers, 4-H’ers, ag business professionals who work with farmers, and those interested in beef cows are invited to attend.
Keep calf, cow — and rancher — dry, warm
Before heading to the barn, she says farmers should consider strapping on a headlamp (small light attached to a band) to allow hands-free lighting of the work area. She also recommends a pair of waterproof bibs. With cattle ranchers dry and warm, it is time to turn the focus on the comfort level of the cows and calves.
Pandemic increases demand for locally raised beef
Jared Orem is the third generation to operate Orem Farms. Orem is a fireman at the Lebanon Fire Department but raises cattle on his family farm. “We are a freezer beef operation primarily, we sell beef by quarters half’s and wholes,” said Orem. “We’re a direct farm to fork.”
It’s Not About Steak
The world’s first 3-D-printed ribeye steak was unveiled this week by an Israeli start-up focused on cultured meat technology. Lab grown meat, much like the plant-based products that have already reached a grocery store near you, seeks to disrupt your business and steal your market share.
What Should You Do If Someone Breaks Into Your Farm?
If you notice something is not right on the farm or you see evidence of a break-in, it’s time to activate your plan to protect your farm. “We’ve seen instances where activists have broken into farms and stolen livestock, but not come forward until months later. Any sign of trespassing or anything being out-of-place on your farm should put you on high alert, even if you aren’t sure it is related to activism,” said Hannah Thompson-Weeman, vice president, strategic engagement at the Animal Agriculture Alliance
Unbiased data drives the original performance breed
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Reporter
In 1995, the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) implemented a mandatory Total Herd Reporting (THR) program data collection system, which was the first of its kind in the industry. This was to assure its genetic predictions would be the most precise and reliable tools in the industry for selecting cattle regarding the traits they describe.