Cow / Calf Corner

Pulling a calf? Here’s the best way

By : W. Mark Hilton, DVM, PAS, DABVP (beef cattle), Clinical Professor Emeritus, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine One of my passions in veterinary medicine, besides beef production medicine, is teaching veterinarians and producers an easier way to deliver calves. I always start off my dystocia talks with the numbers 15 and 3. If…

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Reducing the risk of a calf scours outbreak

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist (Adapted from “Neonatal Calf Diarrhea Complex” by John Kirkpatrick, DVM) Neonatal calf diarrhea (commonly called “calf scours”) is one of the most costly disease entities in the beef cattle business.  Fall-calving herds have the help of the hot, late summer/early fall sunshine to reduce…

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2019 Ohio Beef Cattle School Approaching on February 5

By : John F. Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator The OSU Extension Beef Team will be hosting the 2019 Ohio Beef Cattle School.  The School will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 starting at 7:00 p.m.  As in year’s past with the Beef School, county or area Extension offices will serve as hosts for…

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Clearing up Confusion on Protein and Energy Supplements

By : Adele Harty, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, Courtesy of extension.sdstate.edu   Differentiating between protein and energy supplements is key to developing an effective cattle supplementation program, but it can be very confusing. With the multitude of feed options available, understanding types of feeds and nutrient requirements will help ensure cattle perform optimally. All…

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Are Your Cows Ready for the Last Trimester of Pregnancy?

By : Kenneth Olson, Professor & SDSU Extension Beef Specialist, Courtesy of extension.sdstate.edu   We are beginning to enter the last 3 months of gestation for the majority of spring-calving cows in South Dakota. Below are a few questions that each cattle owner should ask themselves as their cows enter the last trimester of pregnancy:…

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