Livestock

Lou Brown is hard at work crunching numbers on his dairy farm during the current stretch of low milk prices.

Dairy farm economics not adding up

It has happened to every farmer. The production numbers are plugged into the calculator, and double-checked, but they just do not seem to be adding up quite right on the short side of profitability. These days many dairy producers are drinking a couple of extra glasses of milk to calm their nerves and enjoying an [...]

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What is a veterinarian-client-patient-relationship?

Exactly what is required in maintaining a valid Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship as described in the Veterinary Feed Directive? A veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) is defined by the American Veterinary Medical Association as the basis for interaction among veterinarians, their clients, and their patients and is critical to the health of your animal. A VCPR means that all of the following [...]

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We need to gain a little perspective on cattle profitability

Through the 2016 winter “meeting season” I had discussions with many individuals involved in all levels of the beef industry about the current status of the beef economy. Much of the discussion has focused on the price volatility in beef markets since the historic price peaks reached in 2014 and the first half of 2015. [...]

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Animal health a top concern for farmers and veterinarians

A few weeks ago I attended a college reunion. It was fun and refreshing to see friends from years ago. Although I returned home feeling fine, apparently the stress of traveling combined with being around a new group of people was too much for my immune system. A few days later, I was sick. Luckily [...]

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Methionine could help in calf survival rates

Research at the University of Illinois has shown that adding methionine to the diets of Holstein cows during the prepartum and postpartum periods may impact the preimplantation embryo in a way that enhances its capacity for survival. “Methionine is the first limiting amino acid for dairy cattle,” said Phil Cardoso, U of I animal scientist. [...]

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Auction of Ohio’s prison farm dairy cattle begins

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections are following through with a plan set last month to terminate the state’s prison farms as the auctioning of state-owned dairy cattle began Monday. On Monday, 42 dairy cows from the Marion Correctional Institution were scheduled to be sold at Mt. Hope Auction in Holmes County. The sale [...]

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Taiwan reopens for U.S. lamb

For the first time since 2003, U.S. lamb and lamb products have regained access to Taiwan. Dennis Stiffler, chief executive officer of Mountain States Rosen, a producer-owned and operated processor and distributor of lamb and veal products, thanked U.S. agricultural and trade officials for their efforts to restore market access for U.S. lamb and said [...]

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Maximizing early season germination and emergence

Today, in America’s agriculture industry, we look to push the limits on every input we can to maximize the return on investment and simplify our operations. The fact is there is simply not enough margin in a crop or hours in a season to do much less. However, there are costly consequences associated with running [...]

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The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) and the beef producer

As of Jan. 1, 2017, all “medically important” antibiotics used in feed will fall into the FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive Program. This will mean that to obtain and use these drugs in feed, you will need a written Veterinary Directive (VFD) from your veterinarian, who must be licensed in the state of Ohio. A VFD [...]

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