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Calf scours and their treatment

When a calf develops scours it easily has the ability to kill them if not identified and treated properly. Scours, in its basic definition, is severe dehydration causing frequent and watery diarrhea. Quite often when a calf has scours, it will always be thirsty and try to drink anything that it can in large quantities.

KEEP ONE EYE ON THE WEATHER AND THE OTHER EYE ON THE COWS For a majority of beef cattle producers, spring is calving season. That means a busy time, especially with weather challenges. Planning for all possibilities is the best way to prepare for a successful calving season, according to Dr. Patrick Davis, livestock specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

While it is the first of June and most producers are concerned with getting hay put up for winter feeding, its also the opportune time to start thinking about marketing strategies for those spring born calves. As cow-calf producers we have very little influence on what market prices are. What we can influence is the “Quantity” and “Quality” of calves we produce.

Mid-West Cattlemen News Before I get to this month’s topic, I wanted to introduce myself and tell you a little about my experience. My name is Wesley Moore and I had the privilege of joining the Cargill US Beef Technical Service Team on March 1st, 2017. In my previous position I was a nutritionist/production manager for Buchheit Inc, a family owned feed business in southeast Missouri.

Whether you’re an experienced hand or just  learning the basics of wood, wire and tape, there’s always something more to learn  when it comes to livestock fencing. Jim Gerrish,  of American GrazingLands Services LLC, in May,  Idaho, and Kevin Derynck, Gallagher territory manager based in Keystone, S. , shared their thoughts on the seven most common cattle fencing mistakesD 1.

A Better Way to Manage Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle

Heat stress is expensive. It can have a serious impact on cattle breeding efficiency, milk production, and feed intake. Keeping your cows safe and productive costs you time, effort, and money. Exactly how much does heat stress cost you in dollars and cents? Consider that dairy cattle operations can expect to lose about 10% to 35% of an animal’s current milk production during heat intense periods.