Cattle

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

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 for sale and …

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Holistic Management On A Pasture Dairy

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 said. “I grew …

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

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 their long-term health …

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

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 understanding the life …

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

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 handling can be …

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Vaccination Vital to Prevent Blackleg and Other Clostridial Diseases in Livestock
March 1, 2019 . · Cattle

Several life-threatening livestock diseases are caused by bacteria called clostridia. These diseases are extremely aggressive and nearly always fatal.

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Artificial Insemination is No Bull (Literally)

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 must become pregnant …

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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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