Just like regular maintenance on your vehicle, prevention is the best way to ward off scours in your cow-calf herd. But sometimes the best treatment plans fail, with lasting effects on calf performance. That’s why ranchers should try to get ahead of the problem.
Antibiotic resistance in cattle is a growing concern for producers and consumers. The goal for cattlemen and women is to implement strategies at the management level with good animal husbandry practices, routine health exams and vaccination.
Antibiotic resistant bacteria come about in many forms, and employ several tricks to keeping long-standing treatments from working. Anytime a drug is used, it may lead to less effective options the next time around, no matter the class. Part II in a two-part series.
Your powerhouse cow can’t grow a calf of the same caliber without the grass to match. That’s why forage management needs to adapt quickly to uncontrollable changes like drought. Record keeping and monitoring are key.
We all know cattle have a super power: they turn forages and grain into edible protein. What do those with the buying power know of that story? Two speakers at the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention put data to both the science and economic incentive of our beef sustainability discussions.
We know what keeps an animal healthy, but do we know what they want? Lily Edwards-Callaway, of Colorado State University, shared animal welfare research during Cattlemen’s College session at the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention that she tag-teamed with NCBA’s Shawn Darcy.
A cowman’s response to the ebb and flow of the industry is entirely up to the individual – but a choice is imminent. That’s why Dusty Abney, cow-calf and stocker nutritionist for Cargill Animal Nutrition, called out a few of the areas where producers have had to adapt through the years: volatile markets and regulations for starters.