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Prussic Acid Poisoning in Livestock

Prussic Acid Poisoning in Livestock

Management Practices to Mitigate Livestock Heat Stress

Management Practices to Mitigate Livestock Heat Stress

Dehorn Calves with Paste / Descornar Terneras con Pasta

Dehorn Calves with Paste / Descornar Terneras con Pasta

Cattle Vaccine Handling and Management Guidelines

Cattle Vaccine Handling and Management Guidelines

Cattle Pest Survey

Survey to Assess Parasite and Fly Control Methods Utilized (PDF)

Weaning on Pasture for Low-Stress Beef Production

Weaning beef calves on pasture offers cow-calf producers a cost effective method to enhance health and performance during the weaning period.

The Threat of Foreign Animal Diseases and The Need for Agriculture Biosecurity

Foreign animal diseases are not only a serious threat to American livestock and agriculture, but also to our nation’s economy and security. A wide variety of devastating plant and animal pathogens exist outside of the U.S. Many of these agents could be accidentally or intentionally transported inside the U.S borders. The transportation of livestock and…

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? Cause of White Muscle Disease White Muscle Disease (WMD) is caused by a deficiency of either of two important nutritional…

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 the abdominal cavity and liver of the animal.  It remains moist for several days after birth, making   it easy for…

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 these disease agents can also threaten the health of other species on the farm or ranch, including humans. Why is…


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 can estimate yield grade or cutability from live animal data from cattle, pigs and lambs, in addition to calculating the…


Resource Links (Carcass/Performance)

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

Nutrition

Feed-ology: How to read a feed tag

Feed-ology: How to read a feed tag

Feeding Beef Cattle I: The Realities of Low-Quality Forages

Feeding Beef Cattle I: The Realities of Low-Quality Forages

Can Cow Nutrition Affect Performance, Quality & Palatability of Its Calf?

Can Cow Nutrition Affect Performance, Quality & Palatability of Its Calf? (PDF)

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 diseases or production inefficiency syndromes are associated with selenium and/or vitamin E deficiency. In most of these syndromes selenium and…


Reproduction

Improving Beef Heifer Reproduction via Synchronization and Timed AI

Genetic selection and record-keeping practices employed by beef seed stock producers and researchers during the last several decades are paying off. Cow-calf producers now know where to go to get the genetics they need to make targeted improvements in their herds. Need to reduce birth weights to reduce dystocias yet maintain weaning weights? Use Expected…

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 income from the number of calves born into the herd each year. Bull fertility can be a major limiting factor…


General

Fencing Considerations For Livestock Owners

Fencing is an integral part of a livestock or equine operation. It is very important for the safety and welfare of animals and producers. Should it fail...

Practical Biosecurity Recommendations for Farm Tour Hosts

Practical Biosecurity Recommendations for Farm Tour Hosts

2006 Cost of Producing Alfalfa Seed in the Columbia Basin of Washington State

2006 Cost of Producing Alfalfa Seed in the Columbia Basin of Washington State

Price Indices for Estimating Cattle Prices in the Pacific Northwest

Price Indices for Estimating Cattle Prices in the Pacific Northwest

Feed-ology: How to read a feed tag

Feed-ology: How to read a feed tag

Beef Management Calendar

Beef Management Calendar

Low-Stress Cattle Handling Video

Low-Stress Cattle Handling Video

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, on Western average, spend upwards of 50% of their operation budget on supplemental feed are acutely aware that any reduction…

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 short primer on this parasite. Species Specificity Lice are generally quite species specific (Table 1). This means poultry lice won’t spread…