Diarrhea is a common problem in cattle, and can cause losses in performance as well as occasional death. So what do you do when one of your cattle has diarrhea? First, let's make sure there's actually a problem, and then get a handle on the cause. Sometimes a loose stool can be mistaken for diarrhea when it's just a normal function related to the animal's diet. When feeding … [Read more...] about What to Do When a Cow has Diarrhea
If you've been raising cows for any amount of time, you're bound to experience the loss of a calf. According to experts in the industry, the majority of calf mortality occurs within the first 24 hours of birth. This mortality can be a result of a difficult and prolonged birthing process, severe weather conditions at calving, or other factors such as poor nutrition during the … [Read more...] about What to Do When a Cow Loses Her Calf
Castration is the simple process of removing a bull's ability to reproduce. A castrated bull is commonly referred to as a steer. Why would you want to castrate a bull? To promote a quality cattle herd, we can't have just any and every bull breeding with our cows. For starters, breeding of closely related animals can cause genetic problems related to … [Read more...] about Why, When and How to Castrate Bulls
Humane, quick, bloodless, drug-free and EFFECTIVE. These are all adjectives that should come to mind when discussing castration for your beef bulls. As beef cattle producers, castrating your bulls is just another part of the cattle raising process. Unless you are selling your bull calves intact or retaining them, you will need to castrate. Having the right tools for … [Read more...] about Beef Bull Castration: How to Use Castration Banders, including the Callicrate SMART Bander
Clover is an excellent forage for beef cattle as it contains very high nutritional value. The high amount of crude protein and total digestible nutrients (TDN) makes it an excellent food source that promotes cattle health and weight gain. But too much clover can be a bad thing for cattle. In certain situations, YES, clover can kill cattle because it causes them to bloat, and … [Read more...] about Does Clover Kill Cattle?