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NMSU developing food supp. to improve cattle digestive system

During drought, having cattle that can tolerate poor nutritional forage is the difference between a cow and calf operation going under, or staying in business. Pregnant cows have a harder time during drought because they are eating for two.

Changing seasons call for different feeding formulas

Marathon County, Wis., saw record-cold temperatures this past winter, but calf growth rates didn’t skip a beat at Heeg Brothers Dairy in Colby, Wis. Owner Jay Heeg credits the farm’s seasonal feeding approach for maintaining calf gains.

Making every pound count

Every pound of gain can have a significant impact on return, having producers looking for the best way to maximize their profits.

Reducing the risk of calf scours (Part 2)

Looking at methods of increasing the immune status of the baby calf so that when the calf comes in contact with the pathogens, he will have a much better chance of fending off the disease entity.

Reducing the risk of calf scours in fall-calving herds

Fall calving in the Southern Plains has several advantages. One of the least-discussed advantages to fall-calving is the reduction of risk to an outbreak of scours.

BeefTalk: Vaccinate to protect ranch assets

Protecting one’s assets is another term for fall calf vaccinations. One does not need to view very many market reports to understand that the asset value of a calf has gone up. In other words, calves are worth good money.

Tips for a successful calving season

As most producers are aware, calving season is a busy time of year for most producers. It is important to plan the calving season from the start of the breeding season to make it as stress free as possible.

Preparing the beef calf for weaning

One fact on which cattlemen, veterinarians, and animal scientists can agree is that of all the events in most calves’ lives, weaning is the most stressful of them all. If a calf can weather this stress unscathed, they have cleared a major hurdle to a productive future in the feedlot or as a replacement in the breeding herd.

Wednesday's CME Dairy Market Recap

Wednesday’s Class III market opened up slightly higher in the front months, but after cheddar barrels took over a six cent plunge in the spot market futures began to fall.

APC, Inc. adds Boost™ to calf products

APC, Inc. announced that it now has a complete line of calf colostrum products to meet the needs of every user, thanks to the addition of Boost™, a unique colostrum booster.

Another look at fall versus spring calving

As cow herd managers monitor the pasture conditions this spring and make decisions about rebuilding a depleted cow herd, some may wish to rethink the time of year that breeding and calving take place.

Another look at fall versus spring calving

As cow herd managers monitor the pasture conditions this spring and make decisions about rebuilding a depleted cow herd, some may wish to rethink the time of year that breeding and calving take place.

Considerations necessary when implanting heifer calves

Heifer calves share the same economic benefits from implants as their steer mates but require a strategic approach to labeled implants and the timing of their use.

BeefTalk: May calving brings May flowers

What changed? The center delayed bull turnout to Aug. 1 for a May 10 calving start date.

Short term calf removal

Short-term calf removal is the term that describes the temporary physical separation of the calf from its mother.

Minimize disease outbreaks in young calves with biosecurity plans

Beef producers utilizing veterinarians to develop biosecurity plans are less likely to experience disease outbreaks on their farm.

Early summer deworming of nursing calves

Five deworming trials were conducted at the Eastern Research Station located near Haskell, Oklahoma during the 1990’s. Crossbred cows and their Charolais sired calves were sorted by sex of calf, calf age and cow age, then randomly allotted to one of four treatments.

Dealing with calf scours

University of Tennessee veterinarian David E Anderson, DVM, MS, discusses prevention and control of calf scours with Marc Caldwell, DVM.

Developing a marketing plan to capture value for your calves

You can’t capitalize on what you don’t market. A sound marketing strategy allows a producer to capture added value in a group of calves.

Calf implants: Use/don’t use at grass time?

While the performance benefits of implanting calves through the suckling phase is well documented, many cattlemen choose not to employ this management practice in their operations.

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