As new dog owners, it can be confusing to know what to do to help your puppy be its happiest and healthiest. Follow these 4 useful tips to help get your puppy on the right track to a happy life.
Most calves need only need 2–3 bottles a day. You won’t have to worry about middle-of-the-night feedings or early-morning waking; bottle calves eat during the day and sleep at night. They will need only two bottles a day if they are healthy, and the weather is nice. If it’s particularly cold or your calf isn’t gaining weight, three bottles will do.
Minerals required by livestock are commonly divided into two general categories: macrominerals and microminerals. Macrominerals are those required in relatively large amounts, and microminerals, in very small amounts. Microminerals, also referred to as trace minerals, are only needed in quantities measured in milligrams or micrograms, but are vitally important for reproduction, immunity, and proper growth and development. Copper, zinc, manganese, and selenium are just some of the trace minerals typically supplemented to ensure proper health and performance of our animals.
This winter has often been referred to as a mild one since we’ve experienced only a few short periods of below-freezing temperatures. However, what may seem mild to humans sleeping in a dry, warm home may be taking its toll on cattle forced to deal with long periods of wet, cool weather.
While feed costs for the lactating cows represent the largest outlay for a dairy operation, producing heifers is responsible for the second-largest expenditure. Since the heifer is the future of the herd, managing growth and ultimately age at first calving is significant to the profitability of the operation.
Although inexpensive feed may seem budget friendly there are tradeoffs between the cost of the diet, calf performance and target market weights. Therefore, understanding the true cost of feed is important to maintain profitability in this industry. Here are two key factors to consider when developing a feeding plan for your fall-weaned calves.
Dewoming cattle on pasture leads to higher profits for grazers.
Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) is a disease of cattle caused by the Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV). The virus is widespread and most herds are at risk for infection. In a susceptible herd, BVD can be a serious, costly disease.
Nearly 20 percent of lambs die before weaning. Eighty percent of those losses occur during the first 10 days. Good baby lamb care can significantly increase the number of lambs raised by ewes in the flock. A realistic goal would be to limit lamb mortality to 4 to 5 percent.
As summer rolls on, it’s important to maintain your chickens’ health and comfort. The sticky summer heat can be harmful to your feathered friends. Chickens have a natural layer of thick insulation thanks to their feathers. While this can be beneficial during the winter months, flocks can easily become stressed due to heat.