Washington State Department of Agriculture leaders say efforts are on track to modernize the department’s animal disease traceability system by the summer of 2015. The agency is moving from a paper-based system to an electronic process, including a state-developed “Animal Tracks” program and electronic brand inspection. The goal is to be responsive to a food safety event within 24 hours, contain diseases to a small area and limit economic impacts on ranchers.
At the 2014 annual meeting of the Idaho Cattle Association last week, members approved a new resolution on the use of genetically modified feed. The organization acknowledged the economic and environmental benefits of GMO technology, which involves introducing DNA in the breeding process to improve crop performance. The resolution states GMO corn hybrids have never resulted in GMO traits transferred to other plant species nor has it had detrimental effects on people or animals consuming the grain.
Livestock operators in Arizona and New Mexico are receiving their first payments from the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council. The payments are part of a new program that aims to mitigate the financial impacts that wolf recovery can place on ranchers. It offers compensation for operating with wolves in the area, funding for conflict avoidance measures and payments reflecting current auction prices when a wolf kills a rancher’s livestock.
April 24, 2014
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