Source: National Farm Animal Care Council, Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle, Appendix C The basis of a cow–calf enterprise is a healthy cow with a healthy nursing calf. Knowing when and how to help...
Source: Zoetis news release Parsippany, NJ and Amest, IA - Precision animal health technology brings data insights together to help cattle producers make earlier, more informed decisions to help keep animals healthy and productive. The newest tools from Zoetis -...
Source: University of Illinois news release Animal scientist Dan Shike worked with a research team to evaluate drylot systems as an alternative to pasture for beef cows and calves. Beef producers in the upper Midwest know grazing land is in short...
Source: Beef Cattle Research Council, www.BeefResearch.ca Ensuring newborn calves consume colostrum is one of the most important management strategies cow-calf operations can implement to promote healthy calves. Colostrum provides essential antibodies (like Immunoglobulin G or IgG) to a calf with virtually...

Colostrum Management

Source: National Farm Animal Care Council, Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle Section 4.2.1 Colostrum has an important influence on the health and welfare of calves. The newborn calf is born with no maternal antibodies and...
Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Calf scours, or neonatal calf diarrhea, is a common source of sickness and death in calves under a month of age. Affected calves can fall behind in performance and never catch up, so early intervention, correction of...
Source: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Introduction Building a good electric fence is like anything else, you get out what you put in. If you use the proper equipment and maintain the fence the result will be a permanent structure just...
Source: National Farm Animal Care Council, Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle Section 1.3 Beef cows typically calve outside. If calving occurs during periods of extremely cold weather, sheltered, bedded calving areas (natural or constructed)...
Source: Beef Cattle Research Council, www.BeefResearch.ca Winter feed is the largest year-over-year variable cost faced by producers. A cow-calf operation feeding a predominantly purchased hay ration to 100 head for 180 days could pay $50,000 a year for winter feed. A 350-head herd fed for 150 days can cost over $150,000 a...

Weak calf syndrome

Source: Alberta Beef PROJECT NO.: 0007-034 RESEARCH INSTITUTION: University of Saskatchewan (Western College of Veterinary Medicine) LEAD RESEARCHER: Dr. Cheryl Waldner Background: Calves born with ‘weak calf syndrome’ are often depressed and unable to stand, walk or nurse without assistance. Caring for these calves...
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