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: September 8, 2021
Are Your Cattle Cool? Tips for Managing the Summer Heat
There is no question that heat stress can negatively impact animal performance. Exposure to heat stress reduces daily gains, milk production, and reproductive efficiency, though specific impacts on production varies depending on the magnitude and duration of heat exposure. Prolonged exposure to heat stress is much more detrimental than short-term heat stress and its effects linger long after temperatures drop back below the heat stress threshold.
Updated: August 4, 2021
Preparing for Fly Season
Although the weather has been unseasonably cool through April and May, it’s not too early to start thinking about fly control. There are three major types of flies with economic significance to the U.S. beef and dairy industries. These include horn flies, face flies, and stable flies. Often, a combination of fly control measures will be the most effective. If one method does not seem to be working, double check to make sure that it is the right approach for the type of flies you see on your cattle. Make sure the proper dose of insecticide is being administered to the animals at each application. Furthermore, implement cleaning procedures to regularly remove decaying organic matter from sacrifice or feeding areas.
Updated: June 29, 2021
Controlling Flies and Ticks in Your Livestock
Fly and tick season is here, unfortunately. But there are management methods, both chemical and environmental, that will help you better control both the fly and tick populations that are going to try and wreak havoc with your livestock. Generally, in a pasture-based setting, chemical control of flies and ticks is going to be more effective than most environmental management strategies, though an integrated approach of both is recommended.