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Copper Deficiency in Cattle Can Reduce Conception Rates

By   /  May 11, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

Last week Beth Burritt wrote about animals ability to recognize and solve mineral deficiencies. She noted that mineral nutrition is extremely complex and that the amount of a particular mineral an animal will eat depends not only on the level of that mineral in the body but also on its interactions with other minerals. This […]

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Seaweed Can Reduce Methane From Cows, But….

By   /  December 9, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

By now, you’ve probably heard the news that supplementing cattle with seaweed could reduce methane belched by livestock. In fact, researchers in Australia and the U.S. have found that feeding as little as .5% “Asparagopsis taxiformis, a red seaweed that grows in the tropics, can decrease methane emissions by 80 percent or more. But there […]

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Polioencephalomalacia – A Danger for Young Goats, Sheep and Cattle

By   /  May 20, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  Comments Off on Polioencephalomalacia – A Danger for Young Goats, Sheep and Cattle

In 2002, I was raising 60 baby goats by hand. We started them in a barn, and by Spring had transferred them to pasture where they were learning to graze. One morning, during my usual check on them, I noticed one was acting oddly. He didn’t seem to be able to see, and was turning […]

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Prepping for Calving Season

By   /  January 7, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Most of these tips apply to any kind of livestock that will be giving birth. So check it out!

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Use Caution When Feeding Soybeans to Cattle

By   /  October 1, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Horses, Livestock, Pigs  /  3 Comments

With drought impacting feed availability, and tariffs reducing soybean exports, some of us may be looking at ways to use what we have a lot of to make up for a lack of grazeable forage. While soybeans can be fed to cattle we need to be careful with how much we feed and we need […]

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