Updated: January 23, 2023
Gastrointestinal Parasite Control in Cattle: The Fecal Egg Count Reduction Test (FS-1175)
The fecal egg count reduction test is a tool that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a dewormer. This tool should be incorporated into the parasite management program on the farm to monitor the development of dewormer resistance. Authors: Sarah Potts, Ph.D., Amanda Grev, Ph.D., Susan Schoenian, and Jeff Semler; Title: Gastrointestinal Parasite Control in Cattle: The Fecal Egg Count Reduction Test (FS-1175)
Updated: December 14, 2022
Best Deworming Practices for Cattle
Many producers are aware that gastrointestinal parasites can reduce cattle performance, and accordingly, take measures to protect their animals. This article outlines several steps to follow in order to establish a judicious and effective deworming program.
Updated: November 29, 2022
Colostrum: Getting Calves Off to a Good Start (FS-2022-0641)
Timing, quality, and quantity are three key components of a successful colostrum feeding program. Holstein calves should be fed three liters and Jersey calves should be fed two liters of high-quality colostrum (>50 grams IgG/mL or ≥21% Brix) within the first two hours of life and an additional two liters within 12 hours.; Author: Dr. Sarah Potts; Title: Colostrum: Getting Calves Off to a Good Start (FS-2022-0641)
Updated: November 3, 2022
How to Evaluate Animal Performance in the Cow-Calf Herd
Most of us have heard the saying “You can’t manage what you don’t measure”, and this definitely applies to livestock production. Records are an important part of any business. As businesses, all cow- calf producers keep some kind of financial records, at the very least, for tax purposes. Financial records are undoubtedly some of the most valuable pieces of information that a farm can keep. However, it is important to remember that there is value in other types of records as well, namely those related to animal production and performance. At one point or another, we all fall into the trap of evaluating a management change without actually looking at concrete numbers. Collecting performance data can help producers objectively track their progress toward a goal or evaluate particular management changes.
Updated: June 21, 2022
Troubleshooting Calf Scours
Diarrhea, also known as scours, is the number one leading illness in dairy calves (respiratory infection is number two). Scours can lead dehydration, which, if severe, can lead to death in a hurry if the calf does not receive treatment. According to a recent USDA report, 34% of dairy calves experience illness during the pre-weaning period and of those, over half experience scours. Nationally, the average pre-weaning calf mortality rate is 5%, with nearly one third of those deaths associated with scours. Needless to say, calf scours is a universal challenge that has substantial economic impact on dairies across the nation. Title: Troubleshooting Calf Scours; Author: Sarah Potts, Ph.D.
Updated: February 23, 2022
Understanding the Calving Process for Timely Intervention
Whether you are a dairy producer or a beef producer, raise your animals on pasture or in confinement, or prefer crossbreds to purebreds, at the end of the day, a bovine is a bovine. Regardless of your goals or operation size, calving is a universal process and its physiology is essentially the same for all bovines. Understanding the physiology of calving can help you better understand when and if intervention is necessary to ensure the health and wellbeing of your cows and calves.
Updated: October 18, 2021
Water: The Forgotten Nutrient
As summer heats up, water becomes more important for cattle. An animal’s body is comprised of 70% water and adequate water consumption is required to maximize performance. It’s no secret that withholding or restricting water can decrease feed intake and reduce gains. Yet many producers often forget to assess whether or not their animals have optimal access to high quality water. An animal’s water requirement is met through consumption of feed and drinking. Many feeds, such as silage and grasses, contain a large proportions of water that help cattle meet their water requirement. Additional requirements are met through drinking.