Cattle

Ketosis And The Family Cow

By Kay Wolfe, Texas If you have a family milk cow, chances are you have experienced ketosis or you will. Ketosis is a metabolic disorder that affects many dairy animals …

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Safely Castrating Calves

By Heather Smith Thomas The best age and method for castrating calves may vary, depending on your situation. Some stockmen feel that a calf should be allowed to grow all summer …

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Preventing and Treating Cattle Scours in Calves

By Heather Smith Thomas – The most common illness in young calves is cattle scours (diarrhea). There are many causes, including intestinal infection because of bacteria, viruses, or protozoa. Whether calves …

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Prevention Key to Defend Against Pinkeye in Cattle
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

No, it’s not a new fashion trend, nor is it something your kid (goat or human) gave your cow, but pinkeye is a serious disease that can cause discomfort and, …

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How to Treat Colicky Calf Bloat

By Heather Smith Thomas – Some calves develop calf bloat, an acute enterotoxemia (toxic gut infection), caused by bacterial toxins. These calves are usually about a month old but may …

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Beef Composites and Breed Definition

By Heather Smith Thomas — Today we frequently hear the terms crossbred, hybrid, composite, synthetic—when referring to breed definition—and we often wonder exactly what these terms mean. Some of these names …

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Watering Cattle in Winter

By Heather Smith Thomas — Watering cattle in winter is crucial. During cold weather, ranchers need to pay attention to water sources to make sure they don’t freeze. If cattle breeds …

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Detecting and Treating Lump Jaw in Cattle
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas — Lump jaw in cattle is a bacterial infection of the jawbone. Bacteria are often present in the mouth of cattle, so anything that punctures the mouth tissues …

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Calving Success: How to Assist a Cow Giving Birth

By Heather Smith Thomas – The riskiest time in a calf’s life is being born. Several million calves in the United States and Canada are lost each year during birth …

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Keep the Growing Going with Milk or Milk Replacer for Calves
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

Your calves are off to a great start. But, is their nutrition program on par? By ensuring proper care and nutrition for your calves, you can set them up for …

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How to Talk to Consumers About Grass-fed Beef Benefits
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

With Spencer Smith – The key to talking about grass-fed beef benefits is understanding why a conscientious consumer is interested in grass-fed/finished beef. Consumers tend to choose grass-fed/finished beef for three …

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How to Create a Cattle Pasture for Optimum Flavor and Fat Cover in Grass-fed Beef
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

With Spencer Smith – Creating the right blend of forages and grasses in a pasture to finish (fatten for slaughter) cattle is not as simple as turning the cattle out to …

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The Joy of Raising Highland Cattle

Story & Photos By Tom Fuller – Cattle have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and Highland cattle are by far the most memorable …

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Do You Need an Additive in Your Calves’ Milk Replacer or Milk?
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

On Jan. 1, 2017, antibiotic use on farms will become more restricted as a result of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). This will make calf raising and feeding practices on …

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Selecting the Best Dairy Cow Breed

By Heather Smith Thomas – When selecting a family milk cow or choosing from the best dairy cow breeds to start a small dairy, there are a number of options. The …

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