Primed for Performance

By: Jennifer Ryan
June, 2018
A breeding soundness exam (BSE) can help beef producers avoid open cows

As many as 50 percent of beef producers don’t get an annual breeding soundness exam (BSE) performed on their bulls, estimates Joe Paschal, Ph.D., professor and Extension livestock specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

It just makes sense to get an annual checkup when an entire cow/calf operation rests on a bull’s ability to breed cows, he notes. It’s also a good time to vaccinate, treat for internal and external parasites, and test for key diseases, especially if the bull’s ownership recently changed hands.

Categories: Livestock, Breeding

News - Livestock Spring 2018

By: Vet-Advantage
March, 2018

Huvepharma® acquires AgriLabs®
Huvepharma® announced its acquisition of AgriLabs® “in a move that will expand the U.S. presence of the global animal health and nutrition company and speed commercialization of their biologic solutions for animal health,” according to a release. The acquisition includes AgriLabs product lines including Colostrx® CS and Colostrx® CR; I-Site® XP, MpB Guard® and Pulmo-Guard® PH-M vaccines; the VetGun insecticide delivery system; and AgriLabs’ custom vaccines business. In addition, the acquisition also includes Antelope Valley Bios, a contract manufacturing business, and the VaxLiant® portfolio of novel adjuvants based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Both companies will continue operations under their current identities as integration opportunities are identified in 2018.

Categories: Community, News, Livestock

A Critical Season

By: Dawn Singleton-Olson
March, 2018

A successful calving season with healthy cows and their offspring sets the stage for a profitable year for cattle producers

For cattle producers, the issues they face during spring calving season – and how they react to them – affect their success for the rest of the year. A survey conducted last fall by Colorado State University and BEEF magazine asked producers what they considered to be the industry’s top five challenges. 

Categories: Sales, Inside Sales, Livestock

News - Livestock Winter 2017

By: Vet-Advantage
October, 2017

Wildland fire suppression costs exceed $2 billion
According to a USAgNet report, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that wildland fire suppression costs for the fiscal year have exceeded $2 billion, making 2017 the most expensive year on record. Wildfires have ravaged states in the west, Pacific Northwest, and Northern Rockies regions of the United States this summer. As the Forest Service passed the $2 billion milestone, Perdue renewed his call for Congress to fix the way the agency’s fire suppression efforts are funded. “Forest Service spending on fire suppression in recent years has gone from 15 percent of the 23 budget to 55 percent – or maybe even more – which means we have to keep borrowing from funds that are intended for forest management,” Perdue said. “We end up having to hoard all of the money that is intended for fire prevention, because we’re afraid we’re going to need it to actually fight fires. It means we can’t do the prescribed burning, harvesting, or insect control to prevent leaving a fuel load in the forest for future fires to feed on. That’s wrong, and that’s no way to manage the Forest Service.”

Categories: Community, News, Livestock, 2017 Livestock Winter

News - Livestock Summer 2017

By: Vet-Advantage
July, 2017

Dechra® enters licensing agreement with Animal Ethics

Dechra® Pharmaceuticals PLC’s Board of Directors announced it has entered a long term Intellectual Property Licensing Agreement with Animal Ethics Pty Ltd, an Australia based company focused on developing ethical pain relief products in animal health. The agreement gives Dechra the rights to sell and market Animal Ethics’ product Tri-Solfen® (Tri-Solfen) for all animal species in all international markets, excluding Australia and New Zealand.

Categories: Community, News, Livestock, 2017 Livestock Summer

News & PRODUCTS - Livestock spring 2017

By: Vet-Advantage
March, 2017

World food prices reach two-year high

According to a Reuters report, world food prices rose to a near two-year high in January, driven by surges in sugar quotations and export prices for cereals and vegetable oils, the United Nations food agency said. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 173.8 points in January, versus a revised 170.2 in December. The 2.1 percent monthly rise pushed food prices on international markets to their highest since February 2015, and 16.4 percent above their levels in January last year.

National Pork Board launches Taste of Now campaign

The National Pork Board announced it has launched its Taste of Now marketing campaign. The integrated marketing campaign, which also includes significant Spanish- language outreach (El Sabor de Hoy), creates consumer awareness of pork's unmatched flavor and value making it the ideal protein on any occasion. “Pork is trending and there has never been a better time to enjoy pork and make delicious dishes for family and friends,” said Jan Archer, National Pork Board president and a pig farmer from North Carolina. “That is the focus of this first national campaign of 2017. And we are teaming up with celebrity chefs and pork advocates with a simple message – When it comes to pork, there has never been a better time than now to make something delicious.”

Categories: News, Livestock, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK

FFA: The School at a Zoo

By: Jessica Mozo
March, 2017

Most high school students would jump at the chance to spend half their school day at the local zoo. That’s certainly the case at Asheboro High School (AHS), in North Carolina, where students are participating in a new agricultural education program at the nearby North Carolina Zoo. 

Categories: FFA, Livestock, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK

Lessons from the Land of Oz

By: Jim Whitt
March, 2017

The Wizard of Oz thrilled audiences in movie theaters when it was released in 1939, and because it has been replayed for decades on television, it has never wandered far from our imaginations. It was based on L. Frank Baum’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was written in 1899. And according to the authors of The Oz Principle, this 19th century story offers us lessons about accountability in the 21st century. 

Categories: Perspective, Livestock, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK

Increase longevity in sow herds with proper trace mineral nutrition

By: Jennifer Ryan
March, 2017

Sow lameness is the second leading cause of culling sows in a herd

Foot lesions can bleed away profits on swine operations, but many foot problems can be prevented by proper trace mineral nutrition in sow diets. Copper, zinc and manganese are the three trace minerals most demanded by sows. Feeding the right amounts of these minerals is essential to the longevity and reproductive success of sows. 

The cost of lameness

Second to reproductive failure, sow lameness is the next reason sows are culled from herds. An average of 30 to 35 percent of sows in any given herd experience lameness, according to Zinpro Corporation field observations. Producers should target that number to be just 10 percent of their herd.

Early culling of sows also cuts into profits. This is due to potentially decreased farrowing rate, smaller litters and limited progeny performance, which are all traits linked to early parity sows.

Mike Hemann, swine account manager at Zinpro, agrees on the importance of decreasing turnover in the sow herd.

“We know that a sow must reach her fourth parity to realize her economic potential,” he says. “By working to decrease lameness in the sow herd, we can increase the longevity in sows and, in turn, can see more sows reach their economic potential.”

Lameness is a multi-factorial problem that can be attributed to numerous causes, Hemann notes. Nutrition, management, facilities and animal structure can all contribute to lameness in a herd.

Foot problems or lesions are the most visible symptoms that can be related to lameness issues. Specifically, white line cracks, heel sole cracks, severe heel overgrowth and erosion, as well as vertical wall cracks are the most painful lesions that will contribute to lameness. Setting up the sow for success early in her life through proper gilt development nutrition, phenotypic selection pressure and early training to either crates or electronic sow feeding (ESF) systems will help reduce lameness in younger parity animals.

“Lameness in a herd is not solved by one ‘magic bullet,’” he says. “Hoof trimming is also an option that some systems have chosen to adopt in order to address the issue of long toes. Early identification of moderately lame animals by management is also critical in mitigating lameness within a herd.”


Categories: Livestock, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK, Swine, Sow Lameness

Calf Health Starts Before Birth

By: Jennifer Ryan
March, 2017


The secret to keeping beef calves healthy and growing starts well before the calf is born – even prior to conception. In fact, the cow’s health can be a strong predictor of the calf’s potential for growth and production. 

Categories: Livestock, 2017 SPRING LIVESTOCK, Calf Health


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