Reducing fly numbers on pastured cattle

As late spring approaches, livestock producers should evaluate and select pasture fly control options available for their specific management system. There are three fly species in Nebraska which could economically impact pastured livestock; the horn fly, face fly and stable fly. 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 »

"More of the same" on cattle operations

The phrase “more of the same” gives an impression of a lack of progress, not changing from the status quo or not improving. More of the same can mean not adopting new technologies or not adapting to current and projected conditions and, in that sense, can be detrimental on cattle operations. 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 »

BeefTalk: Spring reflections and calf deaths

The next week will be busy at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The cows have been turned out on cool-season grass and the yearlings need to be worked. FULL STORY »

Don't count on cold to kill parasites

Record-breaking snowfall and extremely cold temperatures have cow/calf producers excited for spring and all things that go with it: lush, green pastures; growing calves; and healthy cows. FULL STORY »

Cattle temperament linked to feedlot performance

The temperament of cattle may have a significant impact in how they perform in the feedlot, according to research by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

2014 Beef Feedlot Roundtable webinars are now available online

Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees and supporting industry personnel attended presentations for the latest in feedlot health, nutrition, environment and economics. The Roundtables were offered in Nebraska with 6 remote links to sites in Iowa with Iowa State University Extension. FULL STORY »

Industry Analysis: Prebiotics in the Animal Feed Market

Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that are responsible to fuel growth of few specific species of bacteria in the gut of animals. Generally this bacteria is probiotic which helps to improve the digestive track and support immune system in animals. FULL STORY »

Lameness in Cattle: Causes associated with infections

Some lameness cases will bridge these two classifications: sometimes lameness-causing infections are the direct result of injuries. This iGrow article will focus on causes of lameness associated with infections. FULL STORY »

Controlling flies on pastured cattle in Nebraska

As we move closer to summer grazing season, livestock producers should start to consider their fly control management systems. There are three fly species in Nebraska that economically impact grazing cattle; horn fly, face fly, and stable fly. FULL STORY »

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