As heat, humidity set in, livestock heat stress is danger

The heat and humidity of summer are arriving in many parts of Nebraska this week, and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator is offering tips on how to handle livestock in these potentially dangerous conditions. FULL STORY »

Should I creep feed?

This time of year, cattle producers begin to ask ‘Should I creep feed my calves?’ The answer isn’t as simple as yes or no. FULL STORY »

Shade reduces cattle heat stress

Cattle will naturally seek shade when the temperature and humidity rise. In many parts of the U.S., shade is a necessity for grazing animals to maintain optimal performance. FULL STORY »

Warm weather ahead: Is your calf starter on par?

After one of the coldest winters in recent history, calf raisers may have learned a thing or two about how a calf’s environment affects energy demands. FULL STORY »

New developments in electrolyte therapy

Oral electrolytes play an indisputably important role in helping restore scouring and dehydrated calves to health and productivity. FULL STORY »

From the May issue of BoVet: Vitamin A deficiency in beef calves

Unlike many vitamins that are produced by ruminal bacteria, cattle have a requirement for vitamin A in the diet. Cattle convert carotene from leaves of plants to vitamin A in the wall of the small intestine. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Start your calf vaccinations now

As calving winds down and calves are settled with their mammas, the inevitable day will come when the calves need to get a round of vaccinations. FULL STORY »

"The Winter of Our Discontent"?

Shakespeare must have been thinking about caring for beef cattle this past winter when he coined those words. As spring arrives, we can't help but feel some relief just to get past this tough winter weather. FULL STORY »

Economic advantages to implanting nursing calves

Many new technologies have been made available to the beef industry over the last 75 years. Few have the potential return on investment as do growth promoting implants for nursing calves. FULL STORY »

“Supershedders” role in spreading E. coli scrutinized

Though you can’t tell just by looking at them, some of the cattle grazing in a pasture, or noshing high-energy rations in a feedlot pen, may be “supershedders”—meaning they shed high levels of pathogenic Escherichia coli—such as E. coli O157:H7—in their manure. FULL STORY »

Newborn calf mortality has many sources

As calving season gets into full swing, you are probably preparing your farm to provide the best possible start for your new calf crop. A new calf crop is an exciting and stressful time on a farm. FULL STORY »

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