Cow / Calf Corner

Be Alert for Anaplasmosis

By: Laura Handke Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations, Kansas State University, provided a review of anaplasmosis for producers attending the 2019 KOMA (Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas) beef conference. He said, “that anaplasmosis is confirmed in every district of Kansas, a periodic review of the disease, its clinical symptoms, treatment options and…

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Always Eating For Two – Nutrition Matters For Each Stage of Calf Development

By: Miranda Reiman How many months out of a year is a mother cow just eating for herself? Hopefully none, says Janna Kincheloe, North Dakota State University animal scientist. “The cow should either be lactating or developing a fetus at all times,” she says. “If she’s not doing that, she’s probably open and should be…

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The impact of hot weather on bull fertility

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Last week’s newsletter contained a discussion of the impact of high pressure heat domes on cattle reproductive performance in the mid to late summer in Oklahoma.  Now let’s look at the effect of heat stress on each side of the reproduction equation.  First we examine…

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Keeping livestock nourished despite hay shortage

Provided by: Ohio State University Extension COLUMBUS, Ohio—Less salad, more carbs and proteins. That’s counter to what many say is right for our diet. But for cows and other livestock, that’s the direction in which their diets are likely to shift. Farmers are trying to keep their animals well fed amid a Midwest shortage in…

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Weaner Cattle Need Their Own Trainer

By: – Kirsten Nickles MSc and Anthony Parker PhD, The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences The most common weaning method in the United States beef industry is the abrupt removal of calves from cows at 5-8 months of age (Enríquez et al., 2011). Natural weaning in beef cattle however, occurs later in life for a…

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