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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....
Opportunities to improve hay quality
Recently I presented a summary of 10 years of hay testing results from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s forage testing program. This sample set included more than 14,000 hay samples. The full presentation can be viewed on the KY Forages YouTube...
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...
Selecting Forages for Your New Seeding
The spring seeding window for the most popular forages in our region is quickly approaching. Producers looking for guidance on how to choose the best forage for their system should always start with a soil test rather than a seed catalog. Whether you...
Remember proper injection sites when working calves
Many cow-calf operators are in the process of or getting ready to castrate male calves, immunize every calf against blackleg and respiratory diseases, and in some situations, booster yearlings....
Wading into Grazing
Michigan’s rivers provide residents with natural surface drainage for fields, transportation, recreation opportunities, and domestic and industrial water sources. ...
Fall Forage Management Tips
Fall is a great time to take care of some very important aspects for managing forage hay fields and pastures. Below is a list of things that when done in the fall can help avoid big headaches this winter and next spring or even next summer....
K-State research among first to analyze safety of industrial hemp as cattle feed
A pair of studies at Kansas State University is bringing new insight to farmers and producers seeking to incorporate industrial hemp in cattle feed....
New tuberculosis tests pave way for cow vaccination programs
Skin tests that can distinguish between cattle that are infected with tuberculosis (TB) and those that have been vaccinated against the disease have been created by an international team of scientists....
Hill-Climbing Cows May Help Rangeland Sustainability
Most of the 5 million cattle that graze on California’s rangelands like to dine in the valleys and hang out by creeks....
Mycoplasma bovis: An emerging global disease
Changes in dairy herd management, primarily herd expansion, have turned mycoplasma mastitis into an emerging disease, writes Dr. Christina Boss, Global Senior Product Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific. ...
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,...
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....
Best Practice in Calf Rearing
Calf rearing, Australians have been told, is like a jigsaw, with many vital elements all fitting together in balance. ...
 
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