Cow / Calf Corner

Herd Immunity an Important Concept

Sources : Gerald Stokka, Carrie Hammer and Paul Carson, NDSU Agriculture Communication Herd immunity is an important concept for protecting animals and humans. (NDSU photo) The term “herd immunity” has come into common usage in recent months. “This is an important term and is a concept that is critical to understand as it pertains to…

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USDA, APHIS Publishes Final Rule for Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis: Importation of Cattle and Bison

The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) published a final rule in the Federal Register on September 17 updating regulations to establish a system for classifying bovine tuberculosis (TB) and brucellosis status levels for foreign regions and stated the requirements under each status level for imported cattle and bison…

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Weaning – Improving Outcomes Through Decreasing Stress

By : Katie VanValin, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Kentucky The classic definition of stress according to Hans Selye is, “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”. Dr. Selye was an endocrinologist by training and is largely regarded as the grandfather of the study of stress. By any definition though, I…

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Prolonged labor affects post-calving re-breeding

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Calving difficulty is one of the greatest causes of baby calf mortality.  Consequently, the rationale for providing timely assistance to cows or first calf heifers generally concentrates on the survival and health of the calf.  However, calving difficulty resulting in prolonged labor can have…

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Corn residue: cheap grazing for cattle

Source : Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension COLUMBIA, Mo. – Grazing drought-dried corn and cornstalks offers cattle inexpensive, nutritious forage, say two University of Missouri Extension specialists. Many corn and livestock growers turned to longtime MU Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole to ask about grazing dried-up corn after persistent drought in southwestern Missouri this…

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