BRD in the feedlot: Prevention is better than cure

young feedlot cattle

When it comes to bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in the feedlot, the old aphorism, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could not be more apropos. In fact, it would be even more true to say that preventing disease in the feedlot is not just “worth a pound of cure”, but is…

Give beef heifers the best start

Heifers, being the future breeding stock on the farm, should be given the best opportunity to show us what they can do from the get-go. If a heifer can become pregnant and produce a calf at her first breeding, this will have a great impact on her lifetime contribution, and hence profit, to the farming…

Prevention of digital dermatitis

digital dermatitis (DD)

Hairy heel wart is the commonly used term for digital dermatitis (DD), which is a dangerously contagious foot disease found in cattle. DD has been identified as the leading cause of lameness in dairy cattle in the United States, with a prevalence of up to 80%. Prevention of digital dermatitis is notoriously difficult because a…

Global warming and cattle production

Stories about global warming and cattle production in the popular media place often blame cattle for the increasing temperatures and changing climate, and the general perception is that cattle production is the major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The greenhouse effect The natural greenhouse effect is an important part of the earth’s energy balance…

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…