Beef cattle health
Raising healthy herds
Too much rain turned to too much drought. Hot weather turned very cold. Such extremes affect the biology of plant growth which in turn affect the digestion and health of livestock.
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- Published: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022
STOCKTON, Mo. – Make sure bulls are physically and reproductively sound before the fall breeding season, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Patrick Davis.“Performing a bull breeding soundness exam (BSE) prior to the ...
- Published: Monday, Aug. 1, 2022
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Nitrates and prussic acid build up in forages to levels dangerous to livestock during drought.Livestock face severe illness and even death after eating affected forages, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Jamie ...
- Published: Friday, May 20, 2022
COLUMBIA, Mo. – This is the time of year when cattle producers need to pay extra attention to heat stress in their operations, says University of Missouri Extension beef specialist Eric Bailey.Unlike many other animals, cattle can’t rid their ...
- Published: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Nearly 98% of Missouri’s pastureland is tall fescue infected with an endophyte that can cause fescue toxicosis in grazing livestock. Fescue toxicosis lowers reproduction rates, milk production, gain and weaning weights. It also ...
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2022
In December of 2013, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Guidance for Industry (GFI) #213 was published in the federal register. This led to two significant changes regarding the use of medically important antibiotics (see sidebar) in the feed ...
Publication date: April 1, 2022
There are two types of liver flukes found in the United States that affect cattle. One is Fasciola hepatica, otherwise known as the common liver fluke. It is predominately located in Gulf Coast states and the Pacific Northwest and can have ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2017
Anaplasmosis in cattle is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria known as Anaplasma marginale. The disease is common in Missouri. Clinical cases can occur at any time of the year, but the majority of cases are seen in late summer and fall. The ...
Publication date: May 1, 2017
This plan provides construction details to build a walk through fly trap for cattle. The frame is shown to be constructed using CCA treated lumber but a steel frame can be substituted.TopicsHaematobia irritans Pest of pasture and range ...
Publication date: Feb. 2, 2017
It's no secret that their hair coats keep cattle warm. The insulation their coats provide is handy in the winter, but if the cattle don't shed enough hair early enough in the summer, it can be a real problem. In hot and humid conditions, water from ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2001
Several species of plants poisonous to livestock are distributed throughout Missouri, and many of them are commonly found in native or improved pastures. This guide describes some of the more common species that are toxic to various livestock. For ...
A blog for stakeholders in beef production, genetics, and genomics -- by Jared Decker, associate professor in the University of Missouri's Division of Animal Sciences and MU Extension state beef genetics specialist
Ideas suggested over the years by farmers, feed dealers, researchers, extension staff, etc. as practices they’ve seen or heard about that helped alleviate the severity of fescue toxicosis in beef cattle.
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