Adapted with permission from Ohio State University Extension, “A Ractopamine-Free Swine Project” and “A Ractopamine-Free Swine Project – Primer” Introduction Ractopamine-free swine production is now a market specification/requirement throughout much of the U.S. pork packing industry. Ractopamine remains an FDA approved product that can be legally fed in the U.S. at approved levels and approved […]
Adapted with permission from Ohio State University Extension, “A Ractopamine-Free Swine Project” Introduction Ractopamine-free swine production is now a market specification/requirement throughout much of the U.S. pork packing industry. Ractopamine (sold under the trade names Paylean® or Engain® for swine, and Optaflexx® or Actogain® for cattle and other generic derivatives) is an approved product used […]
Feeding high-quality colostrum to the calf as soon as possible after birth is the most important thing you can do for calf health. The timely ingestion of adequate amounts of high-quality colostrum allow the calf to acquire passive immunity from the dam.
Tips to help your poultry flock beat the heat in this edition of Small Flock Nuggets.
Tips to help you better understand the amount of edible product expected from a grain finished lamb.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension provides tips help you better understand the amount of meat you may expect from a market hog.
The annual fall cattle feeder projections for 2020 have been compiled. Projected sale prices were estimated by looking at futures contract prices and taking into account seasonal and cyclical trends in addition to current placements and animal breed influence on prices. These projections are intended to serve as an initial guide.
Blister beetles, known as meloids to entomologists, are insects that naturally contain a toxin, known as cantharidin. Poisoning caused by blister beetles is rare, but being aware of these insects and their potential impacts is worthwhile for owners of horses or other livestock.
Feed cost is usually ranked as the highest expense in animal production. Proper management of feed storage can prevent feed shrink – or the loss of feed. Reducing feed shrink in storage can help decrease the cost of production.
Culling decisions are a routine part of beef cow-calf herd management. Producers should make culling decisions based on what is best for their farm’s profitability, and what is best for animal well-being. This article covers some of the decisions every beef herd needs to make.