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Animal Health Center

Anaplasmosis in beef cattle

Anaplasmosis is an infectious disease of cattle caused by several species of the blood parasite Anaplasma. A. marginale is the most common pathogen of cattle. (Smith, B.P.) Sheep and goats are much less commonly affected. Anaplasmosis is also called “yellow bag” or “yellow fever” as affected animals can develop a jaundiced appearance. Anaplasmosis is seen worldwide and has been reported in at least 40 states in the U.S. (Smith, B.P.) It is a common disease in the southern U.S. The highest incidence of anaplasmosis in Virginia seems to occur throughout the Piedmont area of Central Virginia. It is an important disease in Virginia as it tends to cause outbreaks in a herd, which can lead to the death of adult cattle. Other economic losses include abortions, decreased weight gain, bull infertility, and treatment costs. (Stokka and Faulkner)

Pasture and Rangeland

Late summer, early fall dry spell problematic for winter forages

A dry spell that’s turned parts of Arkansas from flood to drought is giving just-planted winter forages a slow start, which may mean livestock growers will have to feed more hay this winter, said Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal Science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.


Learn 12 foundational principles- Part 2

In my columns to date, I introduced and made the case for low-stress livestock handling (LSLH) as an essential component of operating sustainable livestock operations, and reviewed its requisite foundational elements: mindset, attitude, and reading, working and preparing animals.

Drovers Cow/Calf

Preparation key for the transition of weaning

As summer begins to fade, the grass begins to cure, and the grazing season draws to a close, our thoughts begin to shift towards the fall. Weaning spring-born calves is likely one of the most significant events on the fall calendar of most cattle operations. Weaning, without doubt, is one of the most stressful events in the life of a calf. It’s generally accepted that we can’t completely remove the stress associated with an event, so it is often approached with a “let’s get it over with” attitude and weaning typically goes well (or at least we hope it does).


What is the nutrient value of your hay?

Each year as May and June arrives; most cow/calf owners’ make hay in preparation for their livestock’s winter forage needs. The 2015 season was no exception. Producers watched weather forecasts looking for those three day windows of opportunity to get their hay cut, dry and baled.


In the Cattle Markets: Dry conditions add to price decline

After a wet first half of the year dry conditions have returned in much of Texas. The latest drought monitor map indicates almost 2/3rds of the state is back in abnormally dry to extreme drought. The worst hit areas are in central to East Texas.


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