Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Foot Problems
Cattle lameness affects all segments of the beef industry, including cow-calf operations, stockers, and feedlots. Beef producers want healthy cattle to maximize performance, so industry demand brings lameness to the forefront for producers managing feedlot economics and their overall bottom line. If we are to treat the cattle properly we need to figure out what type of lameness we’re dealing with.
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Tend-R-Leen Mixing Calculator
Enter in your batch size, and the calculator will generate the amount of corn and pellets you will need per batch based on the size of your cattle. There is a calculator for 536 (1 1/2 lb. feeding rate) and 529/1529 (2 lb. feeding rate.)
Hot weather recommendations
Higher temperatures can cause stress and health challenges for steers, especially those nearing market weight. Follow these recommendations to help steers maintain gains and stay comfortable through hot weather.
Cattle handling safety
Cattle can be unpredictable and dangerous to those working with them. In most cases, a better understanding of how an animal may respond to human interaction and to its immediate surroundings will help keep the worker from becoming an injury victim.
Mixing accuracy can affect bottom line
Mixing feed accurately ensures that the proper nutrients are being provided to maximize growth potential and performance and it also helps save money by not overfeeding.
Management practices for wet spring weather
With warmer temperatures and melting snow comes wet and muddy pens. Not only does this create a poor working environment in your feedlot, it also presents certain health implications for your cattle.
Pneumonia is a source of great economic loss to cattle feeders, not only in lost cattle, but also in terms of lost gains, treatment and medical expenses, and time spent doctoring sick steers. Preventing pneumonia before it can start in your cattle will help retain your profits, and also help get your cattle to market sooner.
Winter bedding management
As experienced cattle producers in the Upper Midwest know, winter can be rough. Subzero temps, wind, snow and ice can wreak havoc on feedlot cattle, but the practice of bedding can help cattle “weather” winter in more ways than just keeping them comfortable.
Tips for reducing shrink
Weight loss during transport can be overlooked as an expense, but can have in impact on your profit per head. There are several factors that affect shrink but there are ways to manage them.