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Advanced planning can help producers minimize the loss of animal lives and the health problems associated with all disasters. Due to the vulnerability of Louisiana to hurricanes and their potential to cause widespread damage due to high winds and flooding, hurricane preparedness is essential. And much of the disaster preparation for hurricanes will also help prepare for other disasters, such as fire, hazardous material spills, animal disease outbreaks, etc. It must be stressed that although help may be available from many sources following a disaster, producers themselves are ultimately responsible for the welfare of their animals and should prepare accordingly. Well in advance of a potential disaster situation, producers should evaluate their herd health programs with their veterinarian. Cattle that undergo evacuation either before or after a disaster will be stressed and are likely to be commingled with other cattle. Herd biosecurity will be breached, which makes increasing herd immunity imperative. Pneumonia and abortions should be anticipated and can be minimized with proper herd nutrition and vaccinations. Animal identification is also important. If cattle get evacuated and commingled, or escape and are later captured, it�s essential to be able to identify the herd of origin through brands or tags. Many cattle look alike, and plain numbered dangle tags and tattoos can be duplicated. So if cattle aren�t branded, producers should identify the farm or ranch on the dangle tag or tattoo, or use electronic identification that is unique to each individual animal. Pictures and/or videos of cattle may also help identify cattle later. ...more

 

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BE PREPARED TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL CALVING SEASON
The fall calving season has kicked off, but are you really prepared for it? Here are a few of the important things to have handy for a successful calving season.
RESEARCHERS STUDY GENES TO ASSIST IN CATTLE BREEDING
Beef cattle selection may soon be as easy as looking at a cow's genes.
FOCUS ON GOOD MANAGEMENT OF A.I. PROGRAMS
The use of artificial insemination in beef cow operations has never reached anywhere near the acceptance of that of the dairy industry. The reasons for this bear discussion as they typically relate to many of the problems we encounter with A.I. in beef herds.
COMPOSITE BULLS HAVE BECOME POPULAR IN SOME AREAS
Heterosis (hybrid vigor) has proven its value in many agricultural sectors—whether production of hybrid corn, hogs or beef. There are three kinds of heterosis; individual (the calf), maternal, and paternal. Of the three, paternal heterosis has had the least attention.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - SHRINKING HAY LOSSES
Expanding beef production and looming increased calf numbers continue to pressure cattle prices lower, further and faster than many expected.
LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES THAT CAN REDUCE ANTIBIOTIC DEPENDENCE
The handwriting on the wall has become pretty clear. Justified or not, the use of antibiotics in managing the beef animal, at any stage of production, is becoming more challenging.
IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU NEVER KNOW
The bull business is very competitive and purebred people play to win. Because there's a limited number of buyers, breeders spend a fortune on color ads and hire their own field men to exhort ranchers to come to their sale. I knew one breeder who passed out a hundred dollar bill for every bull a ranch manager bought, and once I even saw a bull breeder buy the county fair show steer that belonged to the granddaughter of a large rancher hoping it would pay off.
MAKE A GOOD INVESTMENT WHEN BUYING BULLS
Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire is important.

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These are a few of the topics being discussed on the Q&A Boards.
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I'm A Little Nervous
by gizmom (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:54:06 GMT+5)
I won't normally give cows a second chance, but I think breeding early has played a major factor for us this year. We have lost five calves, one was out of a heifer we purchased last September, we were not able to get her shipped until December the fella we purchased her from went ahead and AI'd her a week prior to shipping. She stuck, but being hauled that far a week after breeding, coming into a totally different environment (a really hot one) could have played a big part in her lost calf. One we don't know who the mamma is, one we feel suffocated found with the heifer still licking it just didn't get the afterbirth off its head. Loss number 4 was another first calf heifer that did everything she could do but the calf was just two early and weak to make it, she stood over it for five days before it finally died. We were treating the calf, but the lungs just weren't developed enough to make it. Calf number five was out of a coming three year old cow and this was her second calf. So for us we will give the heifers another shot the three year old will probably get a trip to town.

gizmom



Commercial cow bull
by Fire Sweep Ranch (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:42:19 GMT+5)
NLC Upgrade.
http://genex.crinet.com/beef/index.php? ... e=1SM00121

The weaning and yearling weights on those are scale smashers! AND, a really good plus, the heifers make great cows that raise super calves.



National Anthem Unbelievable
by Ol' 243 (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:39:51 GMT+5)
Awesome . . . . . . . . . . . If you don't love that, I hope you die . . . . . . . . .soon.




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