As drought areas are minimized and pasture conditions improve, it can be beneficial for producers to retain more heifers for breeding. As producers keep heifers to expand their cow herds, careful attention should be paid to pre-breeding care. Once potential replacement heifers are selected, a complete nutrition and vaccination program, as well as parasite control, should be established in preparation for breeding.
With an added value of up to $100 per head, the decision to precondition calves can add to producers’ bottom lines. The right program incorporates three areas for maximum long-term health and ultimately, profitability. Click here to read about these key areas of preconditioning.
Some can link the Seminole Tribe’s start in the cattle business back to 1521 (before it was called the “Seminole” tribe), when a cattle trade occurred with Ponce de Leon. Today the tribe’s ranchland spreads over five counties in Central and South Florida, stretching all the way down to the Everglades. Conditions are hot, humid and wet, but the cattle thrive.
Scours is one of the deadliest diseases for cow-calf producers to manage. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, scours and other digestive problems cause 17.2 percent of non-predatory calf loss in U.S. cattle operations. Calf scours is associated with several diseases and characterized by diarrhea, which prevents the absorption of fluids from the intestines. Death from scours usually results from dehydration, acidosis and loss of electrolytes.
Summer deworming strategies can have great impact to your cattle operation. Read what Gil Myers, PhD says about July deworming of late winter/early spring born calves as an opportunity to profitably produce heavier calves.