Short term calf removal

Cows that were in marginal body condition score at calving may benefit slightly from the management practice called “short term calf removal”. “Short-term calf removal” is the term that describes the temporary physical separation of the calf from its mother. FULL STORY »

Scours in beef calves prevalent this spring

Although many beef producers experienced more than the usual number of hypothermia cases in calves born this year due to several days of sub-zero temperatures, scours is still the No. 1 neonatal calf disease producers will fight year after year, according to K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek. FULL STORY »

Four tips to prepare the herd for spring and summer grazing

Late spring and early summer pastures provide essential nutrients to the cow herd, as the cow cares for herself, the calf at her side and her developing fetus. During this period, pasture management is especially important as pasture forages can provide highly variable nutrient levels. FULL STORY »

Ranch drought prep – plan for the worst and hope for the best

“The drought is far from being over at this point,” says Kansas State University Beef Veterinarian Dr. Larry Hollis in an interview with K-State Radio Network and Agriculture Today. “If you look at the forecast, I don’t see much on the horizon that makes me think we’re not going to have another dry year.” FULL STORY »

Protecting the value of calves before weaning

According to data from the National Animal Health Monitoring System, bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the second leading suspected cause of pre-weaning mortality for U.S. cattle. While the majority of early cases don’t result in the loss of the animal, it is still important to take precautions. FULL STORY »

Prevent scours, a cause of losses in newborn livestock

With calving, lambing and kidding seasons in full swing, livestock producers should be mindful of diarrhea, commonly called scours in livestock, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. FULL STORY »

Make reproductive health top priority this spring

The spring calf crop is a natural focus for beef producers this time of year, but the most important thing a producer can do to maintain productivity and help improve profitability potential is to keep reproductive health of the cow herd top of mind. FULL STORY »

Wet, cold spring conditions create calving issues

Blizzard conditions in some parts of South Dakota on Monday created challenges for those cattle producers in the midst of calving, said Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. FULL STORY »

Manage coccidiosis to reduce losses among newborn animals, Part 2

Estimates are that coccidiosis costs the beef industry $100 million annually, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff UAPB. FULL STORY »

Maximizing milk replacer response through proper storage

Calf milk replacer prices have climbed as a result of increased demand for dry whey used in human foods such as sports drinks. Therefore, it is essential to properly store milk replacer so that it retains its quality until its use. FULL STORY »

BVD prevention through producer management

Quick to spread and impossible to cure – Bovine Viral Diarrhea may be one of the most devastating economic hits cattle producers could face. And don’t let its name fool you, BVD wreaks much more havoc to reproduction in cattle than the digestive tract. FULL STORY »

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