Source: Beef Cattle Research Council Project Title: Prebiotic, probiotic, and synbiotic technologies for targeted applications in food safety and ruminant productivity Researchers: D. Wade Abbott, Ph.D. wade.abbott@agr.gc.ca D. Wade Abbott, Ph.D., Robert Forster, Ph.D., Trevor Alexander, Ph.D., Tim McAllister, Ph.D., and...
Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry The recent cold snap across the province has been a concern for humans and livestock. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Alberta Ag-Info Centre, looks at ways to lessen the stress on cattle...
Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Fact Sheet written by: Ron Fleming - P. Eng.,Ridgetown College/University of Guelph; OMAFRA Staff What Is Cryptosporidium? Cryptosporidium (krip-toe-spor-id-ee-um) is a tiny parasite, a protozoa, which reproduces and causes disease in humans and animals. This parasite...
Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/ Lead is the most common cause of cattle poisoning in Alberta. Hundreds of animals in the province die each year or perform poorly after accidentally ingesting lead. Gradual poisoning may also occur in areas with...
Source: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Introduction In years of drought and also in those of excess rain feed quality can be compromised for the wintering beef herd. Problems have been observed throughout Western Canada with cows going down prior or after...
Source: Beef Cattle Research Council Project Title: Effects of Exposure to Oil Field Emissions on Immune System Health in Beef Cattle Researchers: Mark Wickstrom mark.wickstrom@usask.ca Dan Becthtel, Cheryl Waldner and Barry Blakely Several cattle producers ranching in the vicinity of oil and gas fields...
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Corn stover can provide a low cost feed source for mid-gestation beef cows. The energy in a cornfield is half in the grain and half in the stover or plant material....
Source: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Potassium (K) levels in some forages, e.g. cereals and legumes are on the rise.  They are often over 2% and in some cases, over 3%.  This has created difficulties in balancing rations for cattle. ...

Mycotoxins 101

Source: Beef Cattle Research Council For beef producers, mycotoxins are often a hidden problem. They are invisible, colourless and odourless. They are difficult to detect and often cause significant damage before they are identified and managed. The source of mycotoxins most relevant...
Source: Government of Saskatchewan Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), also known as scab, is a fungal disease of small cereal grains including wheat, corn, barley, rye, oats, triticale, canary seed and some forage grasses. Favourable Conditions for FHB The disease overwinters in the...
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