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The Cattle Connection

The cattlemen's connection to timely topics, current research, and profitable management strategies

Scout your pastures

Producers should take some time to scout pastures for poisonous plants and presence of ergot. Some poisonous plants to be on the lookout for would be: White Snakeroot Perilla Mint...

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heat stress

Minimizing Heat Stress

As the temperatures and humidity elevate, it is important to understand and manage to prevent heat stress in your cattle herd. Heat stress can lower performance and in severe cases cause death. Here are some recommendations to keep heat stress at a minimum. Management tips to reduce heat stress: Ensure that water is clean and plentiful . Cattle will drink...

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DNA/Genomic testing: Only as good as the user

One of the greatest gifts to agriculture was the plow. Perfected by many, the plow turned the earth and gave way to farming as we know it. However, the plow also contributed to the great Dust Bowl of the 1930's. This illustrates that technology is only as good as those that implement it. One of the most exciting technologies in the cattle industry today is the expanded use of genomics....

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Fly control

The wet spring has certainly provided favorable breeding conditions for flies. As we progress into the summer of 2013 it is evident that fly pressure is and will be heavy. There are four main types of flies that bother cattle: Stable fly, Horn fly, Face fly, and Horse fly. Stable fly : This fly is found on the feet and legs of the animal....

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Pinkeye blog

Last year I discussed Pinkeye in a blog in June. This year the wet cool spring has held off pinkeye season compared to the dry, dusty, early season last year. However, I have started to see some cases popping up. Check out the link below for info on Pinkeye. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/oardc/eb275/20120604_...

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