Cow / Calf Corner
By: Glenn Selk Spring time is thunderstorm season across the Plains. As we observed this week, spring storms occasionally bring severe winds or even tornadoes. Cleaning up after a severe storm is difficult enough. Losing valuable cattle brings additional financial hardship to the situation. Cattle loss can occur in several scenarios. Livestock may be killed, lost,…Read More
By: Heather Smith Thomas Cattle producers deal with disease by vaccination for prevention, and anti-microbial drugs for treatment. The use of drugs is questioned today however, due to increasing numbers of drug-resistant pathogens, and the issue of drug residues in meat if drugs are not used appropriately. Some beef producers and veterinarians are looking at alternatives to…Read More
By: Loretta Sorensen Ionophores have been available to cattle feeders since 1974. However, with current high forage costs, beef producers may want to revisit the advantages ionophores offer. Use of the feed additive can be effective in cattle finishing as well as cow/calf stocker grazing operations. Kansas State University Associate Professor and Extension Feedlot Specialist…Read More
By: Blair Fannin COLLEGE STATION – With cattle producers restocking herds in certain parts of Texas following drought, experts are urging ranchers to be mindful of bovine anaplasmosis, an infectious disease that can be transmitted among cattle by blood. “Due to sustained drought in Texas, many cattle operations have been downsized or depopulated,” said Dr. Tom Hairgrove,…Read More
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's pastures are starting to grow again, but the effects of last year's drought linger and might cause complications for producers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln forage specialist said. Some might want to get their animals outside and into green fields, but drought-weakened pastures will not be able to feed these animals without…Read More
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