Dr. Yvonne Thaxton, Director of the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing at the University of Arkansas was one of the presenters for the Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference. The topics of the video (presented by Dr. Yvonne Thaxton) is Animal Welfare and the Bottom Line.
Matt Flynt runs about 120 cows while maintaing a commerical horse hay business near Lonoke. The topics of the video ( presented by Matt Flynt) is How Animal Welfare Has Changed My Operation.
The videos can be found at https://vimeo.com/arkansasanimalscience/channels and click on the 2015 Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference channel .
Unlike all other mammals that cease drinking milk at weaning, humans are the only species that consumes milk for a lifetime. Milk in the human diet dates back as early as 7,000 BC. Worldwide, estimated daily milk consumption is 4 to 5 oz for adults and 5 to 7 oz for children. While North Americans visualize milk coming from dairy cows and to a lesser extent dairy goats; globally, camels, water buffalo, and other domesticated herbivores have been sources of milk for the human diet. Milk isn’t just part of a healthy diet for growing kids but is a go-to drink for athletes needing to re-hydrate and replenish electrolytes, proteins, and carbohydrates lost during intensive exercise. While there is still plenty of research that needs to be done regarding the influence of milk on human health, milk has been associated with reduced blood pressure, and reduced risk for vascular disease, diabetes, and colorectal cancer. Lactose intolerance develops with aging in some people; however, dairy products can still be a part of the diet for people managing LI by using natural cheese, yogurt, and lactose-free milk.
What’s inside The Beef Cattle Research Update E-Newsletter?
- Do Ergot Alkaloids Negatively Impact Bull Semen Quality and Fertility?
- Effects of Prepartum Mineral Supplement Source on Composition of Colostrum and Milk in Brangus and Angus Cows
- The Ability of the Animal Science Blog to Transfer Information
- Saving for a Wintry Day: Three Seasons of Workshops to Promote Managed Grazing of Stockpiled Tall Fescue
- Effects of Ralgro Implants Administered at Branding on Growth Performance of Steer Calves Through Weaning
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Did you know that deworming now can help minimize parasites throughout the grazing season?
Internal parasites can lead to negative impacts on cattle performance and significantly affect the economics of your operation. Parasites have been shown to reduce feed intake and decrease average daily gain, and these factors may in turn affect calf weaning weights and cow pregnancy rates. Parasites in cows ramp up their egg production during the spring months. Deworming cows now can help minimize the pasture contamination effect of this “spring rise”.
Poor grounding is one of the most common problems with electric fence.
Ground rods should be galvanized. Place in an area that is heavily shaded or holds moisture. Install a minimum of 3’ of ground rods for every output joule of the energizer. For energizers requiring multiple ground rods space the rods at least 10’ apart. Connect the ground rod(s) to the ground terminal of the energizer using 12.5 ga double insulated wire.