Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/ Management objective: To maintain the breeding herd in good productive condition, as economically as possible. Points to Remember Both critical and non-critical feed periods must be considered when planning the winter feeding program. The non-critical feed...
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. ...
Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/ Legumes can be a valuable part of a cattle feeding program. In fact, legumes can actually improve animal performance by encouraging intake, by providing greater feed efficiency and by fostering a better use of forage...
Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/ Minerals are essential for the proper functioning of the animal. A problem arises when the feed does not supply enough to meet the animal's requirements. This may occur because the feed is low in mineral,...
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...

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...
From the September 17, 2018 issue of Agri-News A lack of moisture has curtailed pasture and hay production in many areas of Alberta this year. Dean Dyck, farm business management specialist at the Alberta Ag Info Centre, compares buying feed...
Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Should I purchase feed for my livestock based on protein content or energy content? Depending on the type of animal you are feeding will help you decide if energy or protein are more important. Generally, maintenance...
Source: VBP+ Introduction Antimicrobials have been important tools in the control of infectious diseases since the 1950s. Their use in veterinary medicine has improved the health and welfare of animals. Antimicrobial use has also contributed to the production of meat, milk,...
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...
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