Body condition scoring is a useful tool to estimate the cow’s energy reserves at critical points of her production cycle.
There are several areas where supplement feeding will have the biggest profitability impact on a cow/calf operation. These scenarios are familiar to most of you. Your situation, herd health and goals will dictate how you approach them, but in general terms, they are:
MFA Director of Animal Health Dr. Tony Martin has spent plenty of time on the road recently to answer questions about the upcoming implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive. Here we highlight some of the top questions Dr. Martin took at producer meetings. The rule takes effect Jan. 1, 2017.
Nearly all cows sort their feed to some degree. That is why the leftover feed is the larger and unpalatable portions of the feed. Depending on conditions, the amount of sorting varies widely.
After a good killing frost is the best time to break the bot fly cycle. The bot fly are honeybee sized flies that lay their tiny eggs on the body hairs of the horse. You will see these tiny yellow dots mostly on the horse’s chest and legs
After hearing how “SHIELD Technology” could help with foal heat diarrhea, I decided to find out myself.
Is creep feeding truly worth your time and energy? Outside of the obvious fact that creep feeding adds weight to your cattle, there are a whole host of benefits to creep feeding calves.
Congratulations! It’s your birthday. Or it’s your wife’s birthday. Or you won the auction bidding. And now you own a new horse. Everyone is excited. But the question comes up: “What is the best way to get the new horse on the farm with minimum upsets—hopefully, no upsets at all?”
We have seen good results on beef and dairy operations in my area, but a success story I ran across near Seymour, Mo., is worth a note.
As we move into colder, winter months it is wise to remind ourselves and our livestock customers to remember and actively practice the principles of good biosecurity.
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