Jeffers Livestock Blog strives to be informative, entertaining, and helpful. We hope to answer some common questions in regular everyday language for people who keep livestock animals for meat, dairy, or as pets.
Ear tags impregnated with traces of insecticide can provide excellent control of cattle pests like horn flies and may also limit face fly populations. University research indicated that effectively controlling these pests can increase stocker cattle gains by 15-25 pounds...
A brief overview of some common diseases afflicting cattle and the signs and symptoms. Many vaccines will handle multiple virus protection. Check with your local veterinarian or co-op to determine what may be needed in your area...
Most likely, you know volts and amps and probably even ohms, but do
you know what a joule is? How about impedance? This short list might
help you in making a buying decision by making it easier to compare.
There are so many
different needle sizes available that it is sometimes confusing as to which one
to use. This is a simple guideline chart to help ease the confusion. This is in
no way meant to be used in place of a trained veterinary professional.
Researchers have been experimenting with vaccines that prevent worm infection in goats for several years. Dr. Jim Miller, parasitologist at Louisiana State University, has been kind enough to provide information and understanding of this concept. Dr. Miller worked with Dr. David Smith from 2000-2005 testing these "hidden gut" antigens made into vaccine form on goats and sheep at Louisiana State University.
There needs to be an awareness of bio-security, not just on farms and ranches, but in our homes and workplaces (for those of us whose workplace isn't a farm or ranch). Pets and companion animals, especially the young, are at risk. The first few months of their life is when they are most susceptible to diseases...
In a recent article found in the Ag Connection Newsletter of the University of Missouri, Extension Livestock Specialist, Wendy Flatt points out some very important, but often overlooked aspects of the farming business - most notably the refrigerator.
Calving difficulty (dystocia) is a concern of every cattleman because it is a major cause of calf deaths and is second only to rebreeding failures in reducing calf crop percentages. Cows that have difficulty during calving have significantly lower fertility at rebreeding.