Source: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Backgrounding is a commercial feeding enterprise in which recently weaned calves are grown to yearling feeder cattle weight, usually in a smaller feedlot. The principle objective is to prepare yearling cattle to adjust...
Source: Science Direct Abstract Beef is a high-quality source of protein that also can provide highly desirable eating experiences, and demand is increasing globally. Sustainability of beef industries requires high on-farm efficiency and productivity, and efficient value-chains that reward achievement of...
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Looking for opportunities for production efficiencies on-farm is an important aspect of improving your bottom line. Tight profit margins often prompt an assessment of efficiencies that can be made on the...
Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Introduction The feeder cattle market is more volatile than the slaughter cattle market, as well as more likely to show considerable price variation between regions. As a result of this complexity and variability, an organized and...
Source: National Farm Animal Care Council, Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle Section 3.3.5 On occasion, pregnant heifers may end up in the feedlot. The feedlot environment and management is not always well-suited to deal with...
Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Fact Sheet written by: D. Martin – Beef Feedlot Specialist/OMAFRA; N. Noecker – Beef Cow/Calf Specialist/OMARA During the summer months, heat stress in cattle can result in poor animal performance. Hot, humid weather creates dangerous conditions for...
Source: Frontiers in Veterinary Science Sherry J. Hannon1*, Stephanie A. Brault2, Simon J. G. Otto3, Paul S. Morley2,4, Tim A. McAllister5, Calvin W. Booker1 and Sheryl P. Gow6 1Feedlot Health Management Services Ltd., Okotoks, AB, Canada 2Department of Clinical Sciences, College...
Source: South Dakota State University, Russ Daly, Professor, SDSU Extension Veterinarian, State Public Health Veterinarian While we usually think of foot problems in feedlot calves occurring in conjunction with warm, muddy conditions, wintertime also brings a certain set of conditions that...
Source: Alberta Cattle Feeders Association A preconditioned animal is a feeder calf that has been vaccinated, castrated, dehorned and weaned for 30-45 days prior to sale date and has had experience feeding from a bunk. Preconditioning reduces stress and resulting health...
Source: Alberta Farm Animal Care Bovine respiratory disease (BRD),  accounts for most of the disease and deaths in Alberta feedlots and feedlots in North America. Although BRD is a multifactorial disease, it is mainly associated with bacterial pathogens. Therefore, BRD...
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