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Increasing Your Profits From Beef Farming
There are huge differences between farms in the level of profits made from beef farming. This can be seen when comparing the top 1/3 of beef farms to the average and even greater still when the bottom 1/3, says a report from Teagasc, 'Increasing your...
Antibiotics In Cow-Calf Operations
There are a lot of different opinions regarding which antibiotics are best for treating common infections, says Colorado State University, Extension Veterinarian, Dave Van Metre. For example, pneumonia and footrot. How can a cow-calf producer make the...
The Dry Cow Period Step-By-Step
Jantijn Swinkels and Rinse Jan Boersma, of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health look at the dry cow period step by step, emphasising events and opportunities to maximise the next lactation....
Developing High Quality Replacement Heifers
Diet during development plays a crucial role in the calves future says R.Funston, University of Nebraska, West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte; J.Martin, Great Plains Livestock Consulting, Eagle, and A.Roberts, USDA, ARS, Fort Keogh...
Changing The Dry Cow Mindset
This paper, from Jantijn Swinkels and Rinse Jan Boersma of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, reviews the principle issues and attitudes concerning the dry cow period and the role of 60-day antimicrobial dry cow therapy. Summarised by Charlotte...
Play Behaviour In Dairy Calves
Speaking at the Boehringer Animal Well-Being conference held in Barcelona, Margit Bak Jensen from the University of Aarhus, Denmark looks at play behaviour as an indicator of welfare in dairy calves. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor reports....
Feeding Cattle Adds Balance To Cow-Calf Operation
Staying connected in the beef business is important, but is it worth retaining ownership, asks Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist with the North Dakota State University. ...
The Effect of Transport On Weanling Heifers
In the present study, the inflammatory, adrenocortical, metabolic and behavioural responses of weanling animals to transport were studied in 40 transported and 20 control heifers. The results of the study showed that transportation of weanling animals...
Maintain Suckler Cow Condition Now To Save Feed Costs Later
Maintaining suckler cow body condition at grass this autumn could save farmers hundreds of tonnes of precious silage later in the year. ...
Adding Value To A Weaned Calf Marketing Systems
There has been much debate regarding the profitability of preconditioning calves. The debate seems to be similar to the one surrounding creep feeding and the question is always “does it pay?” Speaking at the Beef Improvement Forum, Mike John says...
Veal Calves In The Netherlands
Veal is produced in the Netherlands according to stringent regulations. In 2008 the existing IKB quality scheme for veal calves was updated. IKB stands for Integrale Keten Beheersing – total surveillance of animal production. There are two separate schemes...
Microbial Risks In Feeding Colostrum To Calves
Microbial contamination of colostrum can contribute to calfhood disease and can interfere with passive absorption of colostral antibodies, producers should adopt management strategies to reduce bacterial counts in colostrum fed to calves. S Godden from...
Sorting The Herd Out
Think before you jump because changes within a cow herd are hard to undo, By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist. ...
What Does It Cost To Rear A Replacement Heifer?
The decision a beef cattle producer must address regarding raising or purchasing replacement heifers is a critical decision that will affect the long-term whole-herd cost structure, according to Matt Hersom, Todd Thrift, and Joel Yelich from the University...
Creep Feeding Beef Calves
Creep feeding is a way to provide nursing calves with supplemental nutrients with the use of a gate that restricts the access of cows to the feeding area, says Eric Mousel, Extension range livestock specialist; Cody Wright, Extension beef specialist;...
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