An implant program undoubtedly is the most important factor for improving margin in cattle. Before cattle arrive at a feedyard, managers need to decide if they want to implement an aggressive strategy or a more conservative one.
There are two old sayings that fit when you are deciding on an implant strategy: 1) “Buy with the end in mind,” and 2) “The eye of the master fattens the calf.”
Dr. Bill Burdett, D.V.M., Merck Animal Health, discusses how to maximize immune response from your cattle vaccination program.
As producers prepare for calving season, it’s important to review a list of key management principles. While even the best planned strategies can hit road bumps, thinking ahead and being prepared will help guarantee a successful calving season.
The most important part of any implant program is to make sure that implants are administered safely, accurately and effectively. Click here to learn about Merck Animal Health's efforts to help customers improve their implanting techniques.
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.