Cattle that can tolerate poor nutritional forage during a drought may keep a cow/calf operation in business. To help cows’ digestive systems to be more efficient in harvesting nutrients from poor-quality forage, New Mexico State University researchers are developing an amino acid feed supplement and studying the influence it has on fetal programming. A particular amino acid appears to stimulate blood flow by increasing the number and size of blood vessels going to the placenta, which may help the calf’s ability to thrive.
Kansas State University was awarded a U.S. patent for technology that improves the health and welfare of beef cattle and other ruminant animals suffering from lameness and pain following castration, dehorning and other necessary management procedures. Researchers found that meloxicam combined with gabepentin improved the cattle’s welfare by reducing the severity of lameness. Another benefit of the medications is that it reduces the reliance on antibiotics to treat and control diseases in cattle.
Beef cattle producers will have an opportunity to attend the 2014 Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo on Thursday, October 9. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host the event in Greeneville. Educational seminars will include topics such as, electric fencing, flies and pinkeye, weed control for pastures and the essentials of working facilities. A trade show will also be included. Participants may preregister at their county UT Extension office by Wednesday, September 24.
April 24, 2014
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