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Preparing cows for a successful breeding season

A successful breeding season actually begins with management decisions made prior to calving. As we move into the winter feeding period, cattlemen need to review their management plan to ensure optimal rebreeding and success. Rebreeding efficiency can be optimized by focusing on body condition score (BCS), early assistance during calving …

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USDA to rescind organic livestock and poultry rules

Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue announced that his agency will withdraw a proposed organic rule for livestock and poultry. The rule was finalized in January 2017, but placed on hold when the new administration took office. The Obama-era regulation — the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule — would have …

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Vitamin A and D supplementation

Because of a perfect storm of vitamin production problems, supplemental vitamins A and E are becoming scarce and prices are skyrocketing. Supplies probably will remain very tight well into summer of 2018. In this time of high vitamin prices and limited supply, vitamin supplementation strategies should be evaluated. The most …

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Winter manure application reminders

The Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Soil and Water Conservation would like to remind producers and nutrient applicators of laws and restrictions on manure application. Signed into law by Governor John R. Kasich in July 2015, Ohio Senate Bill 1 clarifies and enhances the restrictions on manure application within …

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Using goats to improve pastures

Do you have leftover fair goats, or inherited some that did not make weight at the fair? Perhaps your kids or grandkids have been bugging you for the small ruminant animal for some time. Or by chance, did you come into a small herd recently? If so, then don’t perceive …

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