A veterinarian who is providing national leadership on the animal care issue, the chief executive officer of the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA), and a U.S. senator from Kansas are among those on the program for the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention in Wichita.
A tick-borne disease known as equine piroplasmosis has been confirmed on a ranch in south Texas. Additional testing is being conducted to determine the extent of infection. Horses on the ranch are quarantined to their premises and a thorough disease investigation is underway.
The prolonged wet weather is causing calf scours to become a problem in fallborn calves, according to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Scours is a broad, descriptive term referring to diarrhea. Its not a specific disease with a specific cause, but rather a clinical sign of a disease complex with many possible causes.
Feed accounts for 65 percent to 80 percent of total beef production costs. With grain prices at their highest levels ever, finding a way to lower those costs is important to cattle producers. Feed management practices go only so far, however. A more promising tool for cattle producers is genetic selection for improved feed efficiency.
Corn crop residue is practical for feeding dry, gestating beef cows in mid-gestation providing they have average or better body condition. Managed correctly, one acre of corn residue can yield up to 60 animal unit grazing days (60 days of grazing for a 1,000-pound animal).