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The importance of observation in cattle handling
Understanding cow behaviour and changing how you act around them can save you time, reduce stress, and make your farm a safer place to work. It can be a huge source of frustration when cows don’t easily move when and where you want them to....
Tips to Improve the Success of Weaning Beef Calves
Fall is officially here and with it will bring the country sound of calves bawling as weaning occurs on beef cattle farms. This time of year can be busy with field crops, getting the last cutting of hay and other farm activities. Take some time to prepare...
Research: Study takes step toward low-emissions future with cow gut tech analysis
He’s investigating whether waste plastics can be diverted from landfill to help power our vehicles, and now a CQUniversity researcher has helped shape an Australian low-emissions future – by analysing technology to reduce cows’ burps....
Herd sire selection requires preparation
Cattle producers may be feeling they’re back in school again, given the amount of homework required to determine what they need in a new herd sire....
Annual Cow Costs – The Big Three
When looking at annual cow costs and doing an economic analysis, three categories tend to make up the largest percentage of total costs: feed, labor/equipment and cow depreciation....
Understanding parturition a risk management tool for cow-calf operations
A review of the stages of parturition can help lessen anxieties of cow-calf operators and protect producer investment in their animals during the upcoming calving season, said Oklahoma State University Extension experts....
Herd health programs support healthy cattle markets
Cow-calf producers have embraced management strategies that make their livestock a better value to the rest of the U.S. beef cattle industry, but Bovine Respiratory Disease continues to be an area where improvement is needed....
Know the signs of foot rot in livestock
Excessive rain is a signal for cattle producers to keep an eye out for lameness in their animals, the first sign of foot rot....
Opportunities to improve hay quality
Recently I presented a summary of 10 years of hay testing results from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s forage testing program. This sample set included more than 14,000 hay samples. The full presentation can be viewed on the KY Forages YouTube...
Have colostrum supplies on hand at start of calving season
Cow-calf operators who have not already stored several doses of colostrum or colostrum replacer should do so before the start of spring-calving season, said Barry Whitworth, Oklahoma State University Extension veterinarian and food animal quality and...
A backwards calf will need assistance at birth
Cow-calf producers should review how to help their livestock through a difficult calving beforehand, said Oklahoma State University experts. Most calves are born headfirst with their front feet extended, but a few are positioned backward and might not...
Biosecurity Considerations when Transitioning Newly Purchased Cattle into the Herd
The objective is to avoid new diseases introduced through replacement stock and airborne diseases....
Selecting Forages for Your New Seeding
The spring seeding window for the most popular forages in our region is quickly approaching. Producers looking for guidance on how to choose the best forage for their system should always start with a soil test rather than a seed catalog. Whether you...
Unravelling how animal diseases impact human health, wellbeing
A new research program has been launched to identify the individuals and communities most impacted by endemic and emerging diseases....
Calcium added to acidified prepartum diets for dairy cows benefits future reproduction
Achieving an appropriate calcium balance in dairy cows is critical near calving, but not only to ensure a healthy transition to lactation. According to a new study from the University of Illinois, calcium added to acidified prepartum diets can improve...
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