As we close out the month of September, the Central Valley Ag Feed Division have been on the road teaching producers about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) that takes effect January 1, 2017. We know that the next three months will fly by in a flurry of harvest and holiday festivities, so I wanted to […]
Add some Availa 4 to your mineral to help get the cow to her peak nutrient level, so she has top level colostrum. It’s also a good time to make sure the cows are in good body condition. If we need to get them into shape now is the time to supplement some protein.
The volatility and high feed costs we have had over the past few years have been very stressful for livestock producers. It’s a relief to see that lately livestock values are high and feed costs are getting cheaper while also having reports of great positive closeouts in all species.
Calves are ideally weaned when they are 7 to 8 months old. The right time to wean a calf depends on the amount of forage to eat, and the condition of the cow, not entirely on the age of the calf. Calves should be weaned before the body condition score of the cow falls below 3.5. It is important that the cow recovers and that the secretory tissue be restored before the next calf is born.
Research has shown an increase in pregnancy rates with a “Flushing Effect”. In other words, cattle bred on an increasing plane of nutrition have exhibited higher pregnancy rates than cattle bred on a declining plane of nutrition.
Horn flies are one of the most economically damaging pests of domestic cattle. They cause billions of dollars of damage and loss to the cattle industry each year. The horn fly is a small blood-feeder found in constant association with grazing cattle and in smaller numbers on drylot or indoor cattle. They are ferocious and painful biters and more than 400 per animal will affect the health and productivity of cattle.