Comparing Four Weaning Systems

By: John Maday, Previously published on Drovers online

For cow-calf producers planning how to manage their calves through the stressful weaning period, deciding factors include available labor, facilities, weather, marketing goals and others, in addition to efforts to minimize stress, protect calf health and ensure performance. Continue reading

When Do We Intervene and Assist a Cow or Heifer in Labor?

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University. Previously published in Drovers online

Before the fall calving season commences, now is the time to put together and post a protocol for family members and hired employees to follow when they find a cow or heifer starting in the process of calving. An issue facing the rancher at calving time, is the amount of time heifers or cows are allowed to be in labor before assistance is given. Continue reading

High Temps, Sunlight Heighten Risk of Blue-green Algae in Farm Ponds

By: Pat Melgares, Kansas State University Extension
Previously published on Drovers online

The looming hot, summer weather and potential for lots of sunlight may bring with it a cause for concern among livestock producers.

Those conditions, combined with the often stagnant nature of farm ponds, heightens the risk of toxic levels of blue-green algae in producers’ watering sources, says Kansas State University beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff. Continue reading

Calf Castration Considerations

By: Lew Strickland, Extension Veterinarian, University Of Tennessee
Previously published on Drovers Online

One of the questions that I hear the most concerning castration is; when should I castrate my calves Doc? Many producers will castrate their calves when they are two or three days old, which is my preferred period. Castration should occur when the calf is rather young. The older the calf, the more likely that calf will suffer a setback (which cost the producer money). In addition, larger calves are more difficult to handle and restrain for the procedure. The latest castration should be done is one month prior to weaning to avoid any extra stress from the weaning process. Bull calves castrated at or following weaning can retain a stag like appearance and attitude that the feedlot operator discounts. Purebred operators can still castrate bull calves that are culls and still realize some profit. Continue reading

ELD, Hours of Service Fixes for Livestock Haulers Proposed by Senators

By: Wyatt Bechtel, Previously published Farm Journal’s Pork online

Eleven Senators proposed a bipartisan bill that would help alleviate the strain of transportation laws such as the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and hours of service rules for truckers hauling livestock.

The Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act was introduced by a bipartisan group led by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on May 23.

The bill provides some fixes for the hours of service and the ELD through the following measures: Continue reading

New Research Confirms: Flies Can Spread PEDV

By: JoAnn Alumbaugh, Previously published Farm Journal’s Pork online

Flies have been part of pig operations as long as people have been raising pigs. But now producers have another good reason to think about fly control: A study conducted earlier this year confirms that even a few flies have the ability to infect pigs with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). Although PEDV isn’t zoonotic, it can be devastating for herds that contract the virus because of high death loss, particularly in baby pigs. Continue reading

Beef Quality Assurance – June 18th

The beef cattle industry is quickly evolving. In the coming years beef buyers such as Wendy’s and Tyson will only source beef from producers trained in Beef Quality Assurance. To ensure that you have complete market access get BQA Certified at one of the following meeting dates.

June 18th: Henry County Fairgrounds Ag Hall. 821 S. Perry St. Napoleon, OH 43545. Dinner provided by Henry County Cattleman’s Assoc. RSVP to Henry County Extension Office, 419-592-0806 by June 11.

June 25th: Williams County Extension Office, 1425 E. High St. Bryan, OH 43506. Light supper will be provided. RSVP to Williams County Extension Office, 419-636-5608 by June 21.

Making Sense of Sheep

By Garth Ruff, OSU Extension Educator Henry County
For OSU Sheep Team

Last summer when my younger brother moved out of our parents’ house and on to a 25-acre farm just six miles down the road, we decided to get into the sheep business together. Growing up we had experience with beef cattle and hogs and quite honestly sheep were an afterthought until the purchase of this small farm. The previous owners had had a couple of horses and had row cropped the majority of the farm. After some research and number crunching, here are 6 things that we considered as first time shepherds. Continue reading