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Bull Beef Production From Holstein/Friesian Male Calves
The most profitable system of bull beef production is one where early born calves have a long grazing season, are well developed at the start of finishing and so require only a relatively short finishing period, say E.G. O'Riordan and M.G. Keane from...
Body Condition Scoring For Beef Cows
Beef cattle producers know that a cow’s body condition at the time of calving will affect the health of her calf and her ability to breed back in a timely manner....
Ultrasound Used To Predict Carcase Traits
Ultrasound scanning measurements taken before and after finishing can accurately predict carcase fat and has a moderate accuracy for carcase muscle, according to researchers from the Scottish Agricultural College. ...
Use Of Nutritional Supplements For Cows
Feed is a major proportion of the total cost of beef cattle production, which is why this fact sheet by the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), looks at the use and benefits of nutritional supplements....
Prevalence And Control Of BVDV
A study conducted by the USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System looks at the prevalence and control of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) on US cow-calf operations between 2007-2008....
Age, Source Verification May Open Beef Markets
Weaning is a good time to consider enrolling in an age- and source-verification programme, says Karl Hoppe, Extension Service area livestock specialist at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Centre....
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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. ...
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....
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. ...
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