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Herd sire selection requires preparation
Cattle producers may be feeling they’re back in school again, given the amount of homework required to determine what they need in a new herd sire....
Understanding parturition a risk management tool for cow-calf operations
A review of the stages of parturition can help lessen anxieties of cow-calf operators and protect producer investment in their animals during the upcoming calving season, said Oklahoma State University Extension experts....
Herd health programs support healthy cattle markets
Cow-calf producers have embraced management strategies that make their livestock a better value to the rest of the U.S. beef cattle industry, but Bovine Respiratory Disease continues to be an area where improvement is needed....
Know the signs of foot rot in livestock
Excessive rain is a signal for cattle producers to keep an eye out for lameness in their animals, the first sign of foot rot....
Have colostrum supplies on hand at start of calving season
Cow-calf operators who have not already stored several doses of colostrum or colostrum replacer should do so before the start of spring-calving season, said Barry Whitworth, Oklahoma State University Extension veterinarian and food animal quality and...
A backwards calf will need assistance at birth
Cow-calf producers should review how to help their livestock through a difficult calving beforehand, said Oklahoma State University experts. Most calves are born headfirst with their front feet extended, but a few are positioned backward and might not...
Ready for Calving?
Winter and spring calving times are just around the corner....
Criteria for evaluating bulls
As bulls come off the summer breeding pastures, producers have several criteria to consider when making culling decisions, according to experts at the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute....
Milk progesterone concentration useful for detection of candidate genes associated with dairy cattle fertility
The study entitled “Genome-wide association study for endocrine fertility traits using single nucleotide polymorphism arrays and sequence variants in dairy cattle” identified several potential candidate genes, and DNA variants that can contribute...
How Do I Get Started in Dairy Beef?
With decreased crop profits and dairy profits, both dairy and grain farmers are looking for ways to increase income by sending feed stuffs off the farm on the hoof instead of in a hopper or tanker, writes Jason Hartschuh with The Ohio State University...
Ancient Genomics Pinpoint Origin and Rapid Turnover of Cattle in the Fertile Crescent
The keeping of livestock began in the Ancient Near East and underpinned the emergence of complex economies and then cities. Subsequently, it is there that the world's first empires rose and fell. Now, ancient DNA has revealed how the prehistory of the...
Trichomoniasis Management Helps Increase Calving Rates
Reports by producers of a high incidence of abortions and low pregnancy rates in beef cattle herds in Chihuahua led researchers at Autonomous University of Chihuahua in Mexico to uncover the root cause of the problem, writes Ivan Leyva-Baca, DVM, PhD,...
Dairy Calves are Natural Optimists or Pessimists, Just Like Us
Some calves are inherently optimistic or pessimistic, just as humans are, a new University of British Columbia study has found....
Ruminant Abortion Requires Diagnostics to Fight Disease
Repeated abortions in a herd can have a severe economic impact on farming operations, writes Laurent Delooz, Regional Association for Animal Health and Identification (ARSIA) based in Belgium....
Jersey Breed Popularity Growing due to Higher Milk Solids
There has been an increase in the number of dairy farmers getting into the Jersey breed, following the removal of milk quota, that’s according to Kevin Brady – chairman of the Jersey Society of Ireland. Eoin McCarthy reports for TheCattleSite....
 
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