The benefits of chromium for ruminants

chromium for ruminants

The key to success in today’s ruminant industry is managing the effects of stress on animals. The goal is to minimise the cost of stress and help animals achieve optimal production. To achieve this, trace mineral nutrition is paramount. Keeping animals correctly fortified in terms of trace minerals will prevent the costliest deficiency – the…

Effective beef cattle handling

beef cattle handling

In any cow–calf operation, it is necessary to handle cattle to perform routine health and management practices. Getting cattle to do what you want requires knowledge of animal behaviour and proper beef cattle handling techniques. If you handle them right, your herd will be happy to provide you with better returns. Cattle experience the world…

Optimising immunity for lifetime performance

immunity for lifetime performance

One of the most important resources for a beef farmer is the animal’s immune system. An animal cannot be efficient or productive if its immune system is ineffective, but with a strong immune system, a herd can weather most proverbial storms. That’s why optimising immunity for lifetime performance is so important. Interactions between the immune…

Optimising reproduction for lifetime performance

Beef cow and calf

Improving the lifetime performance of a beef herd will greatly impact the success and profitability of your farming enterprise. Beef farmers need a cow that delivers a live calf without difficulty, maintains her body weight and condition, comes in to heat promptly, conceives early in the breeding season, nourishes a developing foetus, and adequately nurses…

Measuring and improving beef cattle efficiency

beef cattle grazing

What is good enough today for your beef cattle farm may not be good enough in the future for a sustainable and profitable beef cattle farming operation. Considering all the challenges in the beef industry, it is important for cattle producers to have aim at improving beef cattle efficiency and the profitability of their farm…

The red flags of poor water management

beef cow drinking water

The reality is we can no longer simply assume that our water is safe for human or animal consumption. It is alarming to think that 2,1 billion people worldwide do not have access to good-quality water, according to the United Nations. The question is, what impact does water management have on animal performance? The truth…