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Livestock May Need Extra Feed in Colder Weather to Keep Warm
While the weather outside isn’t frightful – yet – livestock producers still need to be thinking now about how they’ll keep their animals warm when the temperatures drop, wind chills rise and it starts to snow, snow, snow....
Facilities: Is It Time to Make a Change
Building or improving existing cattle handling facilities is a substantial investment for any cattle operation, according to Justin W. Waggoner, beef systems specialist at Kansas State University....
Steps to Ensure Calf Success This Winter
Temperatures have plummeted and it is now time to maximise everything the calf gets to keep dietary fat and energy high. ...
We Need to Beat Facial Eczema Flare-Up
A survey of over 100 New Zealand farms revealed a need to address a fungal condition – facial eczema....
Spot, Prevent and Cure Bovine Respiratory Disease
Common and costly, Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) accounts for almost half of mortality on some feedlots, meaning prevention, treatment and sound technical knowledge could save fortunes for some. ...
Irish Look at Feeding Stock Over Winter
Winter is here and Irish advisors are letting farmers know the best ways of achieving at least 0.5 kilos average daily gain in their youngstock. ...
Climate Change Could Lower Milk Yields Through Heat Stress
In many parts of the United States, climate change is likely to result in higher average temperatures, hotter daily maximum temperatures, and more frequent heat waves, which could increase heat stress for livestock, writes the US Department of Agriculture....
Is Your Cattle Plunge Doing Its Job, Australians Asked
Using plunge dips for tick control is a necessity in Australia, but the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association warns that it must be done right to be most effective....
Welfare Problems on French Dairies: An Epidemiological Approach
French dairy farms are operating at an ‘acceptable’ level of welfare, a study encompassing 131 dairies has found....
EBBE - Managing Cows and Heat Detection
As well as an appropriate heat detection system, housing, feed intake and stress all play a part in cow fertility, according to the European Board of Bovine Experts. ...
Avoiding Respiratory Problems During Winter Housing
Preventative action against pneumonia is well worth it, farmers about to house cattle for winter are being advised. ...
Is Replacing Starch With Non-Forage Fibre Sources During Heat Stress a Good Idea?
Feeding non-forage fibre sources during heat stress is not sufficiently replacing starch, claims a US expert....
How to Approach Dehorning and Castration on Beef and Dairy Farms
No matter what the system, dehorning and castration options should be made in the best interest of animal health and well-being....
Solve Ration Problems, Observe Your Herd
Forage testing and ration balancing needs to be backed up by observation, from close scrutiny of manure components right down to manure consistency, advises an extension expert....
Tackle Scours: Chill Colostrum
Calves could see scouring problems reduce if colostrum is refrigerated close to 40 fahrenheit (4.4 degrees celcius), according to a calf management expert....
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