An alliance of cattlemen representing Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.S. recently signed a letter announcing their support for a comprehensive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The group feels that removing trade barriers and tariffs will create fair and open access for all nations. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association spokesman said that trade and expanded market access will stimulate the economy and feed a growing global population.
The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) has released new drug use guidelines to assist beef and dairy livestock veterinarians guide appropriate, effective and legal drug use on cattle operations. The guidelines took a task force of veterinarians and pharmacology experts three years to compile. Topics include providing oversight of drug use on cattle operations, avoiding compounded and unapproved drugs, establishing and maintaining a veterinarian/client/patient relationship and more. Visit the AABP website at www.aabp.org for additional information.
The 64th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course will be held at the University of Florida, May 13-15. The course addresses topics such as beef production issues, urban growth, global completion, changing consumer demands and economic and environmental sustainability. A trade show with some 30 trade representatives will have booths and demonstrations. Visit http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/files/2015/03/2015-Beef-Short-Course-Brochure.pdf for more information.
January 8, 2015
Process Verified Program, that is
- by Merridee Wells
- Photo by Sage Pool
Process Verified Programs, or PVP’s as they are commonly called, are another of the many new-fangled phrases which are becoming commonplace in our cattle industry today. Breed associations draw them like a gun while marketing programs dazzle you with their PVP requirements and the auction companies brag on their value-added benefits.
Make sure your cows are nutritionally ready
- by Gilda V. Bryant
- photo by Lucie Wiese
Minerals are important for herd health, reproduction and efficiency during winter. However, that is only part of the picture. Extra protein and energy are vital during cold, wet weather. Producers should also be aware of forage and by-product supplementation quality, as well as body condition scores.
- by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM
A drive through the unloading pen with seven-foot tall pipe fence, double gates with two latches and two chains, a trained technician and a seven-foot perimeter fence; this litany of security measures clicked off in my brain as I ran toward my truck instinctively yelling “loose bull!”. Only moments before, 747, a dog-gentle 2200 lb, five year-old Limousin bull, had calmly walked off the trailer and into the large animal hospital. He had come for an exam to determine the cause of his lethargy and malaise.
Your secret weapon? Ionophores
by Melissa Albertson
photo by Malloree Barnes
As you consider all the different products available to help increase the performance for your herd, you can’t ignore the proven benefits of feeding ionophores: improved feed utilization, increased gain, prevention and control of coccidiosis, and cost effectiveness. Even so, while ionophore use is extremely common in feedlot finishing diets, they still are an underutilized product in grazing operations.
by Merridee Wells
Photo by Tayler Teichert
For all you flatlanders who have taken a vacation to the mountains, if you felt drowsy, lethargic or had shortness of breath, you may have experienced some of the same symptoms that cattle do when they graze in elevations above 5,000 feet. The bovine condition, known among ranchers as high altitude sickness or brisket disease, can eventually lead to congestive heart failure in affected animals.
by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM
With all this snow in
Sam had followed all the rules. He had bred his heifers early to a low birthweight bull and fed them well. Sam had the cattle calving within easy reach of a good set of pens with a wind break and a covered working chute. He had access to water, electricity and lights. In the shed was a tool box with all the equipment he would need to deliver and, if needed, revive a calf. Sam had also attended a couple of extension service classes on when to call his vet. He was confident in his experience and skill.
With all this snow in