Calving season comes with less stress when calves are born with abundant vigor.
“The aggressive calf that actively seeks the first nursing of colosturm is a
welcome sight,” says Karl Hoppe, the North Dakota State University Extension
Service’s area livestock… Continue reading
Changing weather conditions and stress from working or transporting calves opens the door for the viruses and bacteria that cause summer pneumonia. The vaccinations a cattleman gives this spring can help reduce the risk of summer pneumonia and prepare calves… Continue reading
Nutritional management of the cow herd is more important during the periods of late pregnancy and early lactation than any other time in the annual production cycle.
“Nutrition has a huge impact on the performance of both the cow and… Continue reading
A cow herd’s nutrient requirements are greatest from immediately after calving
through peak milk production.
“Inadequate nutrition during this time may have immediate impacts in terms of
lower calf birth weights, weak calves and/or increased death loss, and decreased
milk… Continue reading
Age, mold, winter and water can take their toll on the nutrient value of hay bales, but old bales can bring new life to the soil, said Dirk Philipp, associate professor-animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of… Continue reading
By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist
Cows in some Midwestern herds are calving (or already have calved) in marginal body condition. Unfortunately, this is a season where maintaining or gaining body condition on spring… Continue reading