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Chute-side vaccine cooler a useful tool for cattle producers
STILLWATER, Okla. – A few simple steps can help cattle producers become more effective in battling respiratory disease in their herd, get full value of any vaccine they purchase and possibly increase their operational profit in the process.
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Providing for the nutritional needs of older horses may require management changes
STILLWATER, Oklahoma – We are what we eat, goes the old cliché, and the saying is as true for horses as for people, especially as the years pile up.
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Cow-calf producers should start obtaining colostrum now
STILLWATER, Oklahoma – Cow-calf operators should start locating, obtaining and storing several doses of colostrum or colostrum replacer sure to come in handy before the first heifers start to go into labor this spring.
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Repeatability of calving difficulty in young heifers an often-repeated question over the years
STILLWATER, Oklahoma – Questions about the repeatability of calving difficulty in young heifers seems to crop up annually, not unsurprisingly given the money invested in growing the heifer into a two-year-old cow.
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Time to begin early evening feeding of cows
STILLWATER, Oklahoma – Cow-calf producers who ensure adequate supervision at calving can have a significant effect on reducing calf mortality, always important but increasingly so with the higher price of live calves at sale time.
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Prepare a calving kit before spring calving season begins
STILLWATER, Oklahoma – It may be the heart of winter but now is the time for cow-calf operators to put together supplies and equipment that will be needed to assist heifers and cows in need of help when spring calving occurs.
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Re-warming methods for cold-stressed newborn calves
STILLWATER, Oklahoma – Though winter has been relatively mild in Oklahoma to date outside of a few brutally cold days, some calves likely will be born during a wintry blast yet to come, and that means producers may be faced with the challenge of saving a cold-stressed newborn.
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Calving difficulty this season can affect next year too
STILLWATER, Oklahoma (Jan. 26, 2018) – Calving difficulty not only is the prime cause of baby calf mortality, it can also markedly reduce a cow’s reproductive performance during the next breeding season.
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Keep eye out for respiratory acidosis in newborns at calving time
STILLWATER, Oklahoma (Jan. 26, 2018) – Despite a cow-calf producer’s best efforts relative to providing desired herd genetics and ease of birthing through bull selection and heifer development, some cows or heifers still need assistance at calving time.
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Timing is crucial when giving labor assistance to heifers and cows
STILLWATER, Oklahoma (Jan. 26, 2018) – Now is the time to put together and post a protocol for family members and hired employees to follow when they find a cow or heifer starting in the process of calving.
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