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Dairy Cattle Fly Control

Flies in your dairy barn are more than just a nuisance to cows and humans; they can take a bite out of your profits. The key to controlling flies in your dairy barn is to begin fly control preparation in early spring before temperatures start to rise and fly breeding season begins. The earlier you act, the less likely you are to have a large fly population.

Livestock Show Preparation

Spring has sprung, and that means show season! Livestock shows are a great opportunity to strut your stock and win awards for all your time and hard work spent raising quality, healthy cattle. Earning accolades at these shows can make your animals more attractive to buyers and breeders and help you drive a higher price. Read on for tips and suggestions on supplies, feed, and handling equipment to make this spring’s show season the best one yet.

Develop a Barn Emergency Evacuation Plan

Disasters cannot be scheduled on a calendar, but the damage may be mitigated with advance planning. The American Red Cross suggests developing an emergency farm, barn and animal evacuation plan.

Drought Stressed Silage And Your Dairy Cows

After a summer full of scorching temperatures and few rainy days you may wonder how hard did the drought hit the United States this year? The answer is hard, especially in the nation's corn belt where most states experienced extreme to exceptional drought statuses.

Pinkeye Control on Your Dairy Operation

As pinkeye season approaches, it’s time for dairy producers to take preventive steps to control this contagious, costly disease. Pinkeye can negatively impact the production and overall health of dairy animals. Norm Stewart, D.V.M., M.S., Manager of Dairy Technical Services for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, offers best management practices for preventing pinkeye.

Recognizing Cold Stress in Cattle

When winter weather arrives, cattle body composition can begin to drop along with the temperatures. Like all mammals, cows are warm-blooded and maintain their core temperature by keeping their metabolic rate high and conserving body heat with their hair or fur. Being able to recognize the warning signs of cold stress and take action is a key part to managing your cattle operation over winter.

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