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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Event date: Oct. 28, 2021
Event time: | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Topics:Winter cattle nutrition and reproductive management considerationsSpring vs Fall Calving Workshop is free.Register online using the registration link or contact the Vernon County MU Extension Center at (417) 448-2560 before the registration ...
Event date: Nov. 11, 2021
Event time: | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The November town hall will feature MU Extension state beef cattle reproduction specialist Jordan Thomas discussing the show me select replacement heifer development program. This town hall will be done live via ZOOM and YouTube. Upon registration ...
Event date: Nov. 12, 2021
Event time: | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mount Vernon, MO
What are the common causes of suboptimal reproductive performance in a cow-calf system? How do we manage this system proactively and holistically for continuous improvement.New in fall 2021, University of Missouri Extension is launching a workshop ...
News & articles
- Published: Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Weaning at home reduces stress and improves profit in calves, says University of Missouri Extension beef nutritionist Eric Bailey.Unfortunately, more than 55% of calves are weaned on the trailer on the way to the sale barn, ...
- Published: Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021
Mt. Vernon, MO – Entries are now accepted for the next Missouri Steer Feedout. The entry deadline is October 10 with November 2 the actual weighin date.An entry consists of at least five head or more of steers born after January 1, 2021. We prefer ...
- Published: Monday, July 26, 2021
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Grow now and graze later to get the most out of tall fescue pastures.Winter stockpiling cool-season grasses carries cow-calf operations through the winter, the costliest time to feed cattle, says University of Missouri Extension ...
- Published: Friday, July 23, 2021
As a fourth-generation cattle farmer, Jared Decker knows that cattle suffer from health and productivity issues when they are taken from one environment--which the herd has spent generations adapting to--to a place with a different climate, a ...
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 ...
Publication date: June 1, 1996
Horse flies (insect family Tabanidae) are probably the most severe fly pests of cattle on Missouri pasture and range (Figures 1 and 2). Only the females "bite," but the blood-feeding activities of these large, agile insects can constitute a serious ...
Publication date: Jan. 1, 1996
The horn fly, Haematobia irritans (Linnaeus), was introduced into the United States more than a century ago. Since then, it has become one of the most important fly pests of pasture and range cattle. Although most cattle can tolerate up to 200 horn ...
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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