Beef cattle health
Raising healthy herds
Too much rain turned to too much drought. Hot weather turned very cold. Such extremes affect the biology of plant growth which in turn affect the digestion and health of livestock.
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Event date: Sept. 22, 2020 - Oct. 6, 2020
This online workshop series will spread over 3 days and discuss the management of cattle through the fall and winter.The series will begin on September 22nd at 7:00 p. m. with the evening workshop titled "General Winter Cattle Feeding Management." ...
Event date: Sept. 23, 2020
Event time: | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Learn some of the basics of grass and weed identification. Practice identification in a pasture walk.Meet at the Mercer County Extension Office in the Fair Building. We will carpool out to Jim & Shelly Holt's ranch for the pasture walk.Register ...
Event date: Oct. 9, 2020 - Oct. 10, 2020
Jefferson City, MO
Classroom and Hands-on Practice of beef cattle insemination and methodology as well as synchronization techniques and basic reproductive anatomy. October 9, 2020 - 12:30pm to 8:00pmOctober 10, 2020 - 8:00am to 4:00pmSpace is limited and a minimum of ...
News & articles
- Published: Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Start stockpiling fescue mid-August for healthier and more profitable cattle, says University of Missouri Extension forage specialist Craig Roberts. Stockpiling fescue saves time and money by reducing the need to feed hay. Fescue, ...
- Published: Thursday, July 30, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Drought increases the chance of nitrate poisoning and prussic acid poisoning. High concentrations in plants and water can harm or even kill animals. High nitrate, mostly concentrated in grass stems, causes quick death, says ...
- Published: Monday, July 27, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension dairy veterinarian Scott Poock says three types of flies cause economic damage and discomfort in cattle. Typically appearing in spring, horn flies, face flies and stable flies carried over to summer ...
- Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Poison hemlock, a poisonous plant that can cause death in livestock, is especially toxic in spring, says Gatlin Bunton, University of Missouri Extension field specialist in agronomy. It can also cause birth defects in the offspring ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2017
Anaplasmosis in cattle is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria known as Anaplasma marginale. The disease is common in Missouri. Clinical cases can occur at any time of the year, but the majority of cases are seen in late summer and fall. The ...
Publication date: May 1, 2017
This plan provides construction details to build a walk through fly trap for cattle. The frame is shown to be constructed using CCA treated lumber but a steel frame can be substituted.TopicsHaematobia irritans Pest of pasture and range ...
Publication date: Feb. 2, 2017
It's no secret that their hair coats keep cattle warm. The insulation their coats provide is handy in the winter, but if the cattle don't shed enough hair early enough in the summer, it can be a real problem. In hot and humid conditions, water from ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2001
Several species of plants poisonous to livestock are distributed throughout Missouri, and many of them are commonly found in native or improved pastures. This guide describes some of the more common species that are toxic to various livestock. For ...
Publication date: June 1, 1996
Horse flies (insect family Tabanidae) are probably the most severe fly pests of cattle on Missouri pasture and range (Figures 1 and 2). Only the females "bite," but the blood-feeding activities of these large, agile insects can constitute a ...
Publication date: Jan. 1, 1996
The horn fly, Haematobia irritans (Linnaeus), was introduced into the United States more than a century ago. Since then, it has become one of the most important fly pests of pasture and range cattle. Although most cattle can tolerate up to 200 horn ...
A blog for stakeholders in beef production, genetics, and genomics -- by Jared Decker, associate professor in the University of Missouri's Division of Animal Sciences and MU Extension state beef genetics specialist
Ideas suggested over the years by farmers, feed dealers, researchers, extension staff, etc. as practices they’ve seen or heard about that helped alleviate the severity of fescue toxicosis in beef cattle.
ThermalAid is a smartphone app developed at MU that uses weather data to determine if livestock is affected by heat stress, and provides tips to minimize the effects of heat.
The VMDL is an accredited full-service laboratory that provides in-depth diagnostic support to veterinary practitioners, livestock and poultry industry interests, companion animal interests and others.
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