With varying degrees of success, different supplements – including seaweed - have been fed to cattle in an effort to reduce methane emissions. A new product developed by a Swiss firm is achieving positive results.
Dr. Wallace "Bruce" Wren, DVM, passed away May 20, 2020. A 1958 graduate of Kansas State University's school of veterinary medicine, Wren spent 60 years advancing bovine medicine and mentoring many young veterinarians.
Producers should be aware of the increased risk of "summer pneumonia" in suckling calves following heat stress. An increased respiratory rate and stress of heat may overwhelm the natural defense mechanisms of the lungs.
Producers who synchronize and artificially inseminate replacement heifers or cows have already begun the process. If hot weather arrives during the AI season, some management and breeding alterations may be helpful.
The ongoing COVID-19 serves as a reminder to cattle ranchers about the importance of sound, common sense biosecurity measures that can aid in reducing the risk of a disease outbreak in the new 2020 calf crop.