U.S. cattlemen have long recognized the importance of the proper care and handling of their livestock. That responsibility is also one of the four pillars – “Your Cattle” – of Merck Animal Health’s Responsible Beef campaign.
From cow/calf operations and backgrounding programs to feedyard management practices, ensuring that animals are well cared for not only makes good business sense – it’s also the right thing to do.
Producers can maximize their animal-health protocols and help ensure the efficacy of injectable cattle products, such as vaccines and antibiotics, by implementing and adhering to sound management practices.
The receiving process — one of the most important aspects of feeding cattle — provides the feedyard with the opportunity to start cattle correctly, with the goal of achieving the highest possible margin. All the decisions in the feedyard should be made with the idea of maximizing the health of the rumen and immune system of these cattle. To achieve maximized production, everyone in the feedyard must work as a team to improve the processing procedures for animal handling, feeding and health.
Calving season — a demanding time for producers — is an eventful period that may cause stress and several health concerns for the herd. For optimal herd health this spring, it’s essential for producers to follow a few steps — proper nutrition and vaccination; proactive newborn calf health; and pasture turnout health protocols.
Looking over your replacement heifers each spring makes you feel proud of the job you did selecting and growing them since weaning. You’ve got a lot of money tied up in your calves, so picking the right bull is critical. But what about risk management? Not the kind of risk management that requires a banker or a commodity broker, but the kind that reduces risk from reproductive disease losses.