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Animal Health

Selenium: Essential for Livestock Health

Tragically, the first time some livestock producers hear the term “White Muscle Disease” is during the necropsy of one of their animals. What causes this serious disease and more importantly, how can it be prevented?…

Preventing Navel Ill

Using iodine on the navel of any newborn farm animal is an important management practice for the prevention of navel ill.  The navel of the newborn is basically a hollow tube which leads directly into…

An Overview of Calf Scours

Scours (calfhood diarrhea) can be caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, toxins, congenital problems or various nutritional reasons. Many scour-causing agents are contagious, so scours is often a concern for the whole calf crop. Some of…

Carcass/Performance

WSU Livestock Carcass Grade & Cutability Calculator

Download Now Available on both Android and iOS WSU Livestock Carcass Grade & Cutability Calculator is a simple way to calculate carcass yield grade, dressing percentages, and cutability of beef, pork and lamb carcasses.  Individuals…

Resource Links (Carcass/Performance)

  • WSU Livestock Carcass Grade & Cutability Calculator (Android) (iOS)

Nutrition

Trace Element Deficiencies in Ruminants

Copper deficiency and selenium deficiency are the two major problems in Washington State. We have found no evidence of cobalt or zinc deficiencies in this region in our field studies. SELENIUM DEFICIENCY A number of…

Reproduction

Bull Fertility

Evaluating bulls for breeding soundness is probably one of the most neglected management practices in cow-calf operations. Fertility is unquestionably one of the most important traits in bulls, because a cow-calf producer derives their primary…

General

Drought Cattle Management

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the problem of drought – when the soil doesn’t receive rain, or otherwise get wetted, plants can’t grow. When plants can’t grow, cattle can’t graze. Cattlemen who,…

Do You Have Lousy Animals?

As we enter the colder, darker, damper time of year, we will be re-visited by a pest from the past: lice. An annual problem, lice can affect animal health and farm profitability. Here is a…