Cattle

How to Create a Cattle Pasture for Optimum Flavor and Fat Cover in Grass-fed Beef
October 7, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Four Pillars of Herd Health Success
September 28, 2019 · · Cattle

Healthy cattle are key to the success of any operation and you can address these needs with plans to control parasites (external and internal), optimize immunity, and manage growth.

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Preventing and Treating Cattle Scours in Calves

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Choosing Dairy Cow Breeds for Your Farm
August 31, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Dairy cow breeds are numerous. How do we know the right breed for our farm or family situation? Milk production varies within dairy cow breeds. The content …

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Diagnosing and Treating Hardware Disease in Cattle
August 26, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas – Cattle occasionally swallow foreign material such as pieces of wire chopped up by a baler. Hardware disease in cattle occurs when a …

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Artificial Insemination is No Bull (Literally)

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe Most homesteaders dream of having their own cow to provide fresh milk and dairy products for the whole family. The challenge is, a milk cow …

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Cattle Handling 101: Play it Safe

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas – Most accidents with cattle handling occur when people don’t understand cattle behavior and are in the wrong place at the wrong time, …

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Dairy Farming Project Advice from Dairy Farm Owners
July 17, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites What makes a farmer decide to begin a dairy farming project? For some, it is a strong history. The early mornings milking the herd, processing the milk …

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Calving Success: How to Assist a Cow Giving Birth

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Tips for Successfully Raising Bottle Calves
May 24, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas – When raising cattle, you may encounter the challenge of a young calf orphaned or rejected by mama, needing a bottle from you. If …

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It’s Time to Milk the Cows!
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites What makes a farmer decide to begin a dairy farming project? For some, it is a strong history. The early mornings milking the herd, processing the milk …

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Holistic Management On A Pasture Dairy

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas Ron Holter is the fifth generation on a dairy farm near Jefferson, Maryland, in Middletown Valley. “The land was originally purchased in 1889 by my great-great-granddad,” he …

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Managing the Scourge of Scours
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Byline Dr. Kevin Hill, Merck Animal Health Getting calves off to a good start in the first few weeks of life can have a major impact on …

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Internal Parasites Threaten Herd Performance and Profits
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Internal parasites can wreak havoc on your herd. That’s why an effective deworming program is an essential cornerstone of your herd health plan. Strategic deworming starts with …

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The Benefits of Reduced or Low-Stress Livestock Handling
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Handling livestock, whether to provide routine care or for treatment of sickness, is a common and often unavoidable part of livestock production. However, there are instances where …

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