The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) compensates livestock owners for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. LIP also provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock death losses due to attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. For 2015, losses must occur after January 1, 2015 and before December 31, 2015. More information about LIP is available at local FSA offices or at www.fsa.usda.gov.
The USDA recently announced the lifting of trade restrictions on U.S. beef exports to Mexico and Peru. For the last 18 years Mexico has been a top export market for U.S. beef that is sold in Mexican restaurants, hotels and supermarkets. The latest relaxation of trade restrictions for U.S. beef applies to older cattle that are over 30 months old. This is an age classification that has been banned from U.S. export to Mexico since 2004.
Kansas State University’s 2015 Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day will be held May 7 in Mound Valley. The program, sponsored by the K-State Southeast Agricultural Research Center, will feature programs such as Johne’s Disease, Forages for Summer Grazing, Spring VS Fall Calving and Supplementation of Grazing Stocker Cattle. Some 20 companies will have exhibits. For more information visit http://www.ksre.ksu.edue/SEARC/p.aspx/tabid=22 or call 620-421-4826.
January 8, 2015
Process Verified Program, that is
- by Merridee Wells
- Photo by Sage Pool
Process Verified Programs, or PVP’s as they are commonly called, are another of the many new-fangled phrases which are becoming commonplace in our cattle industry today. Breed associations draw them like a gun while marketing programs dazzle you with their PVP requirements and the auction companies brag on their value-added benefits.
Make sure your cows are nutritionally ready
- by Gilda V. Bryant
- photo by Lucie Wiese
Minerals are important for herd health, reproduction and efficiency during winter. However, that is only part of the picture. Extra protein and energy are vital during cold, wet weather. Producers should also be aware of forage and by-product supplementation quality, as well as body condition scores.
- by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM
A drive through the unloading pen with seven-foot tall pipe fence, double gates with two latches and two chains, a trained technician and a seven-foot perimeter fence; this litany of security measures clicked off in my brain as I ran toward my truck instinctively yelling “loose bull!”. Only moments before, 747, a dog-gentle 2200 lb, five year-old Limousin bull, had calmly walked off the trailer and into the large animal hospital. He had come for an exam to determine the cause of his lethargy and malaise.
Your secret weapon? Ionophores
by Melissa Albertson
photo by Malloree Barnes
As you consider all the different products available to help increase the performance for your herd, you can’t ignore the proven benefits of feeding ionophores: improved feed utilization, increased gain, prevention and control of coccidiosis, and cost effectiveness. Even so, while ionophore use is extremely common in feedlot finishing diets, they still are an underutilized product in grazing operations.
by Merridee Wells
Photo by Tayler Teichert
For all you flatlanders who have taken a vacation to the mountains, if you felt drowsy, lethargic or had shortness of breath, you may have experienced some of the same symptoms that cattle do when they graze in elevations above 5,000 feet. The bovine condition, known among ranchers as high altitude sickness or brisket disease, can eventually lead to congestive heart failure in affected animals.
by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM
With all this snow in
Sam had followed all the rules. He had bred his heifers early to a low birthweight bull and fed them well. Sam had the cattle calving within easy reach of a good set of pens with a wind break and a covered working chute. He had access to water, electricity and lights. In the shed was a tool box with all the equipment he would need to deliver and, if needed, revive a calf. Sam had also attended a couple of extension service classes on when to call his vet. He was confident in his experience and skill.
With all this snow in