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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...
Spring grazing management for beef cattle
Beef cattle grazing on lush, green pastures is a common sight when driving through the Kansas Flint Hills in the late spring....
Study: ‘Hidden’ genes could be key in development of new antibiotics
A study from the Center for Phage Technology, part of Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, shows how the “hidden” genes in bacteriophages — types of viruses that infect and destroy bacteria —...
Research catalogs grasses from native Pantanal pastures
Pantanal ranchers now have a guide to native grasses in the biome, with description of plants and management recommendations aimed at environmental sustainability and cattle raising, the main productive activity in the region....
Remember proper injection sites when working calves
Many cow-calf operators are in the process of or getting ready to castrate male calves, immunize every calf against blackleg and respiratory diseases, and in some situations, booster yearlings....
Managing Prolapses in Cows
With spring calving season approaching, many ranchers will have to deal with the dreaded uterine and vaginal prolapse. ...
Dairy Farms Biosecurity: Protecting against Infectious Diseases and Antibiotics Overuse
Biosecurity is a key element in the battle against antibiotic resistance. The goals of biosecurity are focused not only on the reduction or prevention of the introduction of new diseases from outside sources but also on the reduction or prevention of...
Land management in forest and grasslands: how much can we intensify?
High land-use intensity reduces the beneficial effects of biodiversity on ecosystem services. ...
Eleven Ways To Avoid Feed Waste This Winter
Harvesting, storing and delivering a beef herd’s winter rations are the largest expense for most operations. Even small improvements in a winter feed system can result in significant feed cost savings....
 
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