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Calves And The Cold
Frost bite, freezing to death and hypothermia are common causes of death of young animals from the cold. Dr W Dee Whittier, Extension Veterinarian at Virginia Tech looks at how, with appropriate management, these losses can be avoided....
Raising Beef Cattle Naturally
Producers may receive a premium for cattle raised naturally, according to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The need for more return per calf has beef cattle producers looking at alternative production practices....
Dehorning Of Calves
Neil Anderson, a lead veterinarian with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture looks at the benefits and practice of disbudding and dehorning of calves. ...
Reducing Calf Mortality
Two factors are key to determining a calf's health and survival during the first weeks of life - its immune system and its gut microflora, according to Andrieu Sylvie. ...
Buffalo Farming
The last 14 years have seen dramatic changes at a livestock farm in North England. Initially purchasing two water buffalo, Kate and Paul Langthorne were hoping to create a domestic supply of buffalo milk for their son, who has severe dairy allergies....
Scours In Fall-Born Calves
Wet weather can cause calf scours to become a problem in fall-born calves, according to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. ...
Cattle Movement Systems
How can a new or upgraded cattle handling system improve safety and efficiency? Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor looks at the risks when handling cattle, how a good handling system can minimise these risks and what to look for when redesigning...
Retained Ownership
Retained ownership gives producers the opportunity to realise the full potential of their animals. Holding cattle back longer can lead to greater gains for producers, however there is a lot to consider, writes TheCattleSite junior editor, Charlotte Johnston....
Alternative Enterprises: Backgrounding Feeder Cattle
Interested in making some more money this winter? Want to use up immature or wet shelled corn? Got an empty building? If so, consider backgrounding feeder cattle. Zen Miller and Bill Halfman from the University of Wisconnsin discuss factors that need...
Contract Rearing Replacement Heifers
Rearing heifers off-farm will free up time and labour allowing farmers to focus on dairying at home, however there is a risk of diseases. For rearers it allows extra income and a challenging new enterprise....
Early Weaning Management
Weaning time is a stressful time for the cow, the calf and the rancher, writes TheCattleSite Junior Editor Charlotte Johnston. It is critical to business success deciding when and where to wean, particularly with last year calf prices plummeting between...
Four Points for Beef Producers to Consider
Four things beef producers might want to think about are food safety, seamless regionalized calf-to-feedlot health connectivity, implementation of improved RFID (radio frequency identification) technology and value capture for the producer, writes Kris...
BeefTalk: 2009 Production Benchmarks Are In
In reality, the need is to grow profitable cattle that a producer can appreciate and still meet industry needs, Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, North Dakota State University Extension Service....
Driving is Not Herding
A few years ago, I was in Kenya, Africa, visiting development projects supported by my denomination. We visited a Masai tribal site on the Serengeti plain where young people were herding free ranging groups of cattle. There were no fences and plenty of...
The Codex Perspective on Ractopamine
The veterinary drug ractopamine recently underwent further evaluation by the Codex Alimentarius Commission to decide if it should be included on the the priority list of substances for re-evaluation by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives...
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